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“This is a very sad day for Europe and I would like to start by expressing my personal condolences, and in the name of the European Union institutions, to all loved ones of the victims of the terrorist attack in Manchester and to extend our condolences also to all the citizens of the United Kingdom, the Prime Minister [Theresa May], and all authorities of the country,” Mogherini said.
“The victims seem to be very young people. It is clearly an attack on the European youth and their love for live. I believe that young Europeans will continue to value their way of life, their freedom, their joy, their living together, their enjoying together. I believe fear will not prevail and the best response to terrorist attacks will continue to be our European youth continuing to live together, enjoying life together and to react in this way,” the High Representative added.
Mogherini has contacted UK Foreign Minister Boris Johnson to offer all the European Union institutions' support that can be considered useful by the British authorities, in particular strengthening exchange of information and cooperation on counter-terrorism.
“Obviously the entire network of the European Union's external work on counter-terrorism and prevention of attacks and radicalisation is at the disposal of the United Kingdom as it is clear these are challenges that need a common response and we are all united in solidarity in this moment.”