The Portuguese Government strongly condemns the attacks recently carried out against the Christian community and the law enforcement authorities in Surabaya, Indonesia. The use of children in the conduction of these attacks emphasizes the barbarism of those responsible and is deserving of the utmost repudiation from the international community. These regrettable events corroborate the need to reinforce international cooperation, so as to prevent extremism and repress terrorism in all its forms.

The Portuguese Government stands with the people and Government of Indonesia, whose tradition of pluralism and tolerance, as laid out by the principles of the Pancasila, will not be affected by these vile acts. The Portuguese government extends its condolences to the families of the victims, and wishes the injured a speedy recovery.

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