Speaking in Bamako today (7 April) on the fringes of their trip to Mali, the Foreign Ministers of France and Germany, Jean‑Marc Ayrault and Sigmar Gabriel, issued the following statement on the events in Stockholm:
We are deeply shocked to hear that Sweden, too, has now become victim of an act of terror of this nature.
Our northern neighbour’s engagement for human rights, peace and justice is exemplary. Our dismay in response to the images from the very heart of Stockholm is therefore all the greater.
We feel for the people of Sweden, and our thoughts are with them, the victims and their families and loved ones. At this difficult time we stand shoulder to shoulder with our Swedish friends.
We hope that the circumstances surrounding this appalling act can be clarified swiftly.