ASEAN ministers condemn Belgium bombings
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
ASEAN strongly condemned the terrorist attacks in Belgium, which killed at least 31 people and injured hundreds in explosions at Brussels Airport and a metro station on Tuesday.
In a joint statement by its foreign ministers, the regional bloc reaffirmed its commitment to working closely with the international community in the fight against terrorism in all its forms and manifestations “regardless of their motivation, wherever and whomsoever it is committed”.
ASEAN said it fully supported the efforts of the Belgian government in “returning the situation to normalcy as soon as possible and bringing the perpetrators to justice”.
The member states, including Brunei, also expressed their deep sympathies and condolences to the Belgian government and people as well as the families of the victims.
Investigators said that the dead and injured came from a wide variety of countries including Britain and the United States.
Two explosions occurred at Brussels Airport just before 8am local time on Tuesday.
This was followed by an explosion at a metro station in central Brussels an hour later.
According to the BBC, the Brussels bombings have been linked to last November’s deadly Paris attacks, in which 130 people died.
ISIS has claimed responsibility for both attacks.
Six people have also been arrested in Brussels in connection to investigations into Tuesday’s bombings.
The sultanate has maintained its stance against the wave of violent extremism and terrorism with repeated public condemnation of ISIS attacks around the world.
At the 70th United Nations (UN) General Assembly in New York, His Majesty underlined the importance of addressing the root causes of violent extremism and terrorism.
The monarch also reiterated Brunei’s commitment to peace and stability.
“We need to ensure that irresponsible parties do not exploit the despair and suffering of others to fuel their own extremist agendas,” said the monarch last October.
The Brunei Times