Slovenian officials condemn Vienna terrorist attack, express solidarity with Austria

Armed policemen stand guard in a shopping street in the center of Vienna on November 2, 2020, following a shooting. - Multiple gunshots were fired in central Vienna on the evening of November 2, 2020, according to police, with the location of the incident close to a major synagogue. Police urged residents to keep away from all public places or public transport. One attacker was "dead" and another "on the run", with one police officer being seriously injured, Austria's interior ministry said according to news agency APA. (Photo by JOE KLAMAR / AFP) (Photo by JOE KLAMAR/AFP via Getty Images)

Ljubljana – Slovenian officials have condemned Monday’s terrorist attack in Vienna and expressed solidarity with Austria. Prime Minister Janez Janša called for “zero tolerance against radical Islam”.

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Ljubljana, 3 November – Slovenian officials have condemned Monday’s terrorist attack in Vienna and expressed solidarity with Austria. Prime Minister Janez Janša called for “zero tolerance against radical Islam”, while President Borut Pahor wrote a condolence letter to counterpart Alexander Van der Bellen, saying he was deeply shaken and hurt.

“After France, Austria. Who is next? No one is immune from the terror threat in Europe. Zero tolerance to #radicaleislam. Full solidarity [of Slovenia] with Austria,” Janša wrote on Twitter.

Pahor wrote to Van der Bellen, expressing solidarity with Austria and its citizens and condolences to the victims’ loved ones.

The president, who later also spoke with Van der Bellen on the phone, added that Slovenia strongly condemned all violent actions against democracy and basic freedoms.

Defence Minister Matej Tonin, who also spoke with counterpart Klaudia Tanner on the phone to express his condolences and offer Slovenia’s assistance if needed, said this was a sad day for Europe and a tragic day for Austria.

“Another cowardly attack. May the innocent victims be in our thoughts and prayers. Investment in security and consistent prosecution of all extremisms is a necessity, it is no longer a matter of choice.”

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said it was “appalled by the terrifying events in #Vienna”. “We must stay united and never give in to terror!” it said on Twitter, saying Slovenia’s thoughts were with “our Austrian neighbours, the injured, victims and their families.”