Saudi Arabia has become the latest Muslim country to issue a statement condemning the deadly Paris attacks.
In the statement issued on Friday, the kingdom’s King Salman said he had spoken with President Francois Hollande and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who condemned the “terrorist attack on Muslims.”
He said they agreed to work together to prevent the spread of the scourge of terrorism.
“We are thankful to the French people and their government for their response,” the king said.
It does not represent our values, it does not reflect our faith, and it will not bring peace and security to the world.””
This attack is a cowardly and evil act.
It does not represent our values, it does not reflect our faith, and it will not bring peace and security to the world.”
A French court is scheduled to consider whether the king’s statements should be seen as legal advice and whether the country’s counterterrorism laws are sufficient to prosecute the attacker, Amedy Coulibaly.
The king’s statement came amid calls for unity among Muslim leaders in the wake of the deadly attacks in Paris and in Belgium.
Saudi Arabia, the world’s top Muslim nation, has a population of about 9 million.
In its statement, the Saudi government said it condemned the attacks, and pledged to “take all necessary measures to eradicate” terrorism.