Osama Dead: Some World Leaders React
International reaction provided offered responses to the death of bin Laden. Here are some aggregated by Alarabia.
The Palestinian Authority: “Getting rid of Mr. bin Laden is good for the cause of peace worldwide but what counts is to overcome the discourse and the methods — the violent methods — that were created and encouraged by Mr. bin Laden and others in the world,” PA spokesman Ghassan Khatib told Reuters.
Yemen: “We welcome the operation that was completed, and we hope that targeted measures will be taken to end terrorism throughout the world,” also to Reuters
Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR): As we have stated repeatedly since the 9/11 terror attacks, bin Laden never represented Muslims or Islam. … In fact, in addition to the killing of thousands of Americans, he and Al-Qaeda caused the deaths of countless Muslims worldwide.”
Israel: Netanyahu – “The state of Israel joins together in the joy of the American people after the liquidation of Bin Laden,” (to Agence-France Presse.) ”Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu congratulates US President Barack Obama for this victory for justice, liberty and the common values of democratic nations which fought side by side against terrorism,” the statement said.
Shimon Peres of Israel: “a great success, not only for the United States, but for the whole free world which now breathes more easily following the belated but deserved punishment inflicted on Bin Laden.”
Pakistan: “Osama bin Laden’s death illustrates the resolve of the international community, including Pakistan, to fight and eliminate terrorism. … It constitutes a major setback to terrorist organizations around the world.”
Afghanistan: President Hamid Karzai urged Taliban guerrillas use the death Osama bin Laden to decide to stop fighting his administration.
France: President Nicolas Sarkozy praised US “tenacity” and said bin Laden’s death was “a major event in the world struggle against terrorism.”
French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe: Bin Laden’s death is a “victory for all democracies fighting the abominable scourge of terrorism.”
UK: Prime Minister David Cameron said this would “bring great relief to people across the world. … It is a great success that he has been found and will no longer be able to pursue his campaign of global terror. … Osama bin Laden was responsible for the worst terrorist atrocities the world has seen — for 9/11 and for so many attacks, which have cost thousands of lives, many of them British.”
Italy: Foreign Minister Franco Frattini: “a victory of good over evil, of justice over cruelty.”
Germany: Chancellor Angela Merkel (through a spokesperson) : “With the commando operation against Osama bin Laden and his killing, US forces succeeded in making a decisive strike against Al-Qaeda…”
Russia called it a great success and cited a willingness to work more closely with the U.S. in the war on terror.
Australia: Prime Minister Julia Gillard told Reuters it will continue its presence in Afghanistan following the death of Mr. bin Laden. “Whilst ِAl-Qaeda has been hurt today, Al-Qaeda is not finished. Our war against terrorism must continue. … We will continue the mission in Afghanistan.”
Kenya: Prime Minister Raila Odinga thanked the United States and Pakistan for killing bin Laden, especially since Kenya has also been attacked by Al-Qaeda. “Kenyans are happy and thank the US people, the Pakistani people and everybody else who managed to kill Osama.” According to Reuters. “Mr. Osama’s death can only be positive for Kenya but we need to have a stable government in Somalia.”