The Government today condemned the suspected terrorist attack in Barcelona in which at least 13 people were killed and nearly 100 injured.
President Maithripala Sirisena, in a message to King Felipe VI of Spain, said that he was deeply saddened by the terrorist attacks in Spain.
“The Government and people of Sri Lanka join me in offering sincere condolences to the families and friends of those who lost their loved ones as a result of the heinous attacks. We hold the people of Spain close in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time, and wish those injured a swift recovery,” he said.
The President said hisGovernment condemns the outrageous attacks in Spain in the strongest terms.
“Each and every terrorist attack that takes place anywhere in the world reminds us of the urgency to renew our commitment to unite and stand firmly in support of denouncing hatred and violence, and protecting the freedom and openness of our democratic societies. We in Sri Lanka remain firm in our resolve to work with the international community to combat terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, thus enhancing the safety and security of our societies,” he said.
Earlier, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Mahishini Colonne extended condolences to those affected on behalf of the Sri Lankan Government.
“The Government of Sri Lanka condemns the terrorist attack in Barcelona Spain and extends condolences to those affected,” she said.
The attack happened at around 17:00 hours local time on Thursday when a man drove a white van at high speed onto the city’s famous Las Ramblas. At the time of the attack, the area was packed with people, many of them tourists.
Shortly after the attack, the Spanish Ibex-35 stock exchange Thursday saw nearly a full percentage point knocked off its value and slipped back below the 10,500-point mark on a day when the country’s banks suffered important losses.
The Ibex opened at 10,544.30 points after three days of successive gains, but closed the penultimate session of the week at 10,443.80 points, a loss of 0.95 percent on the day’s trading.
The news especially hit the banking sector with generalized losses in Spain: The Banco Santander lost 2.50 percent of share values, Bankia, 1.64 percent, BBVA 1.90 percent, Banco Sabadell 1.88 percent, Bankinter 1.80 percent and Caixabank, 1.77 percent.
Over 230 suspected jihadist terrorists have been arrested in Spain since the start of 2015.
According to EU’s Terrorism Situation and Trend Report published in June this year, a total of 142 failed, foiled and completed terrorist attacks were reported by eight EU countries in 2016. (Colombo Gazette)