Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel issued the following statement in Berlin today (30 January) on the attack on a mosque in Quebec:
I condemn the cruel attack on Muslims at prayer in a mosque in Quebec yesterday evening in the strongest possible terms.
The attack was intended to strike at the heart of a nation renowned for its religious tolerance and diversity. Germany and Canada are committed partners in the fight against terrorism. However, determined action against the perpetrators must not be taken at the expense of an open and free society.
At this difficult time, we stand side by side with our Canadian friends and partners. Our thoughts are with the victims’ friends and families, and I wish those injured a speedy recovery.