President David Granger on Wednesday, signed the Book of Condolence at the French Consulate in Georgetown in memory of the 129 people who lost their lives in the terrorist attack in Paris on Friday, November 13.
In a statement over the weekend, the Government said it has joined with the rest of the international community in standing in solidarity with the government and people of France following “the heinous acts of terrorism executed in Paris”.
The statement said Guyana condemns, in the strongest possible terms, “the coordinated despicable acts of pure evil perpetrated on innocent citizens which resulted in the needless loss of life. Guyana sends condolences and prayerful thoughts to our friends in France and all French citizens throughout the world.”
“These acts remind us that there still exists among us evil forces which use the cloak of a peace-loving religion as justification for their murderous agenda”, the statement added.
It also pointed out that the Government of Guyana recognizes Islam as a religion of peace and that the vast majority of Muslims lead peaceful and law-abiding lives in their umma, adding that “we reject those who use Islam or any other religion as a front to attack the people of any nation.”