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Syrian opposition says it ‘stands with people of Belgium in solidarity’

Turkey: ‘Every effort must continue to fight terrorism without distinction and those who support terrorism’

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The Syrian opposition, the High Negotiations Committee (HNC), denounced on Tuesday the deadly bombings in Brussels.

It said: “The people of Syria stand with the people of Belgium in solidarity... The world must stand united to defeat terrorism.”

Turkey and Russia -- themselves targets of attacks in recent months -- also condemned the blasts, saying they bore out the need to fight terrorism.

Turkish Foreign Minister Volkan Bozkir said: “Every effort must continue to fight terrorism without distinction and those who support terrorism.”

And Russian President Vladimir Putin dubbed the attacks as “barbarous crimes” that are “demonstrating once again that terrorism has no borders and threatens people around the world.”

He added: “Fighting this evil calls for the most active international cooperation.”

Meanwhile, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said Tuesday’s blasts in Brussels marked a “very sad day” for Europe, saying on a visit to Jordan it was now suffering like the Middle East.

“It is... a very sad day for Europe as Europe and its capital is suffering the same pain that this region has known and knows every single day,” she said tearfully at a joint press conference with Jordanian Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh.

(With AP)