Iran condemns Paris attacks as Rouhani cancels EU visit
Baku, Azerbaijan, Nov. 14
By Umid Niayesh, Temkin Jafarov - Trend:
Following the deadly attacks in Paris, Iranian president Hassan Rouhani has canceled his visit to Italy and France.
Iran's foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif said that by coordination with the European parties, the Iranian President's visit to Italy and France is postponed to a "most suitable time" in the future, the foreign ministry announced Nov. 14.
Gunmen and bombers attacked restaurants, a concert hall and a sports stadium at locations across Paris Nov.13, killing at least 120 people in a deadly rampage that President Francois Hollande called an unprecedented terrorist attack.
Four gunmen systematically slaughtered at least 87 young people attending a rock concert at the Bataclan music hall. Some 40 more people were killed in five other attacks in the Paris region, including an apparent double suicide bombing outside the national stadium, where the French president Hollande and the German foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier were watching a friendly soccer international. Some 200 people were injured.
Rouhani has offered his condolences to the French counterpart Francois Hollande over the attacks.
Iran's foreign minister also condemned the attacks, underlining that fighting terrorism and extremism needs international cooperation.
"Iran will be seriously active in this regard," Zarif added.