The German Information Center in Washington D.C. immediately published a message of condolences to the people of the United Kingdom on behalf of the German government. Government officials were simply horrified by the news of the deadly suicide attack following a concert in Manchester on Monday night, May 22, 2017. At the start of her address at the Petersberg Climate Dialogue on May 23 Chancellor Angela Merkel said: “It is incomprehensible that anybody could use a carefree pop concert to kill and maim so many people.” She expressed her deepest sympathy for all victims, and for their families and loved ones in their sorrow and despair.
The Chancellor pointed out, “This suspected terrorist attack will only strengthen our resolve to continue to take joint action with our British friends against those who plan and carry out inhuman acts like this.” She assured the people of the United Kingdom, “Germany stands shoulder to shoulder with you.”
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