In his message to New Zealand General Governor Patsy Reddy, the monarch expressed his firm condemnation of the “abject racist and terrorist attack, which has targeted” Muslims.
The attacks, according to the King, are a flagrant violation of the sacredness of places of worship and the universal human values of coexistence, tolerance, and fraternity.
The King then expressed his “heartfelt condolences and sincere feelings of compassion.”
The terror attack, committed by an unknown number of attackers, including one 28-year-old Australian national, killed 49 people and injured at least 50 others.
My warmest sympathy and best wishes goes out to the people of New Zealand after the horrible massacre in the Mosques. 49 innocent people have so senselessly died, with so many more seriously injured. The U.S. stands by New Zealand for anything we can do. God bless all!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 15, 2019
Several world leaders expressed condolences and condemned the deadly terrorist attack.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan described the attack as the “latest example of rising racism and Islamophobia.”
While most world leaders were unequivocal in expressing their sympathy towards the families of the victims, as well as the Muslim community throughout the world, while calling for fighting Islamophobia, American President, Donald Trump, posted a message in which he simply said, “My warmest sympathy and best wishes goes out to the people of New Zealand after the horrible massacre in the Mosques.”
Trump added, “49 seriously injured. The US stands by New Zealand for anything we can do. God bless all!”
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also condemned the terror attacks, saying that “Canadians across the country were appalled to wake up to news of the terrorist attack on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, that killed and injured so many people, including children.”
“Far too often, Muslims suffer unimaginable loss and pain in the places where they should feel safest. Canada remembers too well the sorrow we felt when a senseless attack on the Centre culturel islamique de Québec in Ste-Foy claimed the lives of many innocent people gathered in prayer,” added the statement of the prime minister.
Jordan, Egypt, Qatar, and Lebanon have all expressed solidarity with the victims of the families after the heinous attacks.