Saudi Arabia condemns assassination attempt on Slovak Prime Minister Fico

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The Saudi foreign ministry on Thursday condemned the assassination attempt on Slovakia’s Prime Minister Robert Fico.

In a statement, the ministry “affirmed the Kingdom’s rejection of all forms of violence, its complete solidarity with Slovakia against anything that threatens its security and stability, and its wishes for a speedy recovery to the prime minister.”

The condition of Fico, who was shot multiple times on Wednesday, has stabilized but is still “very serious,” his deputy said on Thursday.

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The attack, described by the Slovak government as a “political assault,” has sparked global condemnation.

Surgeons spent hours in the operating theatre, battling to save the 59-year-old leader after the shooting, which happened as Fico spoke to members of the public after a meeting.

“During the night doctors managed to stabilize the patient’s condition,” deputy prime minister Robert Kalinak told reporters gathered outside the hospital where the Slovak premier was being treated.

“Unfortunately, his condition is still very serious as the injuries are complicated,” added Kalinak, who is also the defense minister and Fico’s close ally hailing from his Smer-SD party.

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Police detained a suspect at the site of the attack in Handlova, President Zuzana Caputova told reporters.

Media reported that the suspected gunman was a 71-year-old writer, but police have not named any suspects.

With AFP

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