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Gulf states denounce Belgium attacks

Saudi Arabia also urged its citizens to postpone their travel to Belgium

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The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) condemned on Tuesday the deadly blasts in Belgium, with Saudi Arabia urging its citizens to postpone their travel to the European country, Al Arabiya News Channel reported.

Saudi Arabia, Qatar, the UAE, Oman, Kuwait and Bahrain are the six countries that make up the GCC.

GCC Secretary General Abdullatif bin Rashid al-Zayani described the attacks as “a horrendous crime” devoid of any “moral and humanitarian principles and values as well as international laws.”

He reiterated GCC’s rejection of “terrorism in all forms,” stressing the Gulf’s support for the Belgian government “in all the legal measures that it takes to tackle such criminal terrorist acts.”

The Syrian opposition, the High Negotiations Committee (HNC), also denounced on Tuesday the attacks that killed at least 28 people after suicide bombings tore through Brussels airport and separate blasts rocked a metro station near EU institutions.

Sunni Islam’s leading seat of learning, Al-Azhar, said Tuesday’s attacks in Brussels “violate the tolerant teachings of Islam,” and urged the international community to confront the “epidemic” of terrorism.