Nice attack: World leaders' reaction

German Chancellor Angela Merkel (R) next to French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault (L), along with other attendees, observe a moment of silence for the victims of the recent attack in Nice, France, at the beginning of the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) Summit in Ulan Bator, Mongolia, 15 July 2016. Image copyright EPA
Image caption German Chancellor Angela Merkel (right) was among those observing a moment of silence for the victims of the attack, at the Asia-Europe Meeting in Mongolia

World leaders have joined the outpouring of sympathy for the victims of the Nice attacks.

US President Barack Obama was one of the first to call it a "terrorist attack". He said America's "thoughts and prayers are with the families and other loved-ones of those killed".

Calling France America's "oldest ally", he praised "the extraordinary resilience and democratic values that have made France an inspiration to the entire world".

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Image caption US Secretary of State John Kerry (left) attended the Bastille Day military parade in Paris on Thursday

The US Secretary of State John Kerry echoed the president's words, calling it a "horrendous attack."

"I was proud to stand alongside French leaders earlier today at Bastille Day celebrations in Paris, and the United States will continue to stand firmly with the French people during this time of tragedy," he added.

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European Council President Donald Tusk, at the Asia-Europe Meeting (Asem) in Mongolia, called it "a sad day for France, for Europe", and was one of many to point out that the attack hit on the day France was celebrating freedom, equality and brotherhood.

He tweeted a picture of himself with other leaders and officials, standing for a moment of silence at the summit.

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Image caption Mr Tusk also tweeted "European and Asian leaders pay tribute to the victims. United against hatred and violence."

China's Premier Li Keqiang, also at the summit, commented: "We strongly condemn terrorism of all forms. We express our condolences to the victims and we will fight all kinds of terrorism."

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Image caption Li Keqiang stressed China would combat terrorism

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, also at the summit, echoed the sentiment, saying that "cowardly terrorism engulfing innocent people is unforgivable", reported Jiji Press.

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Image caption Mr Abe was one of many who expressed his sympathies from the summit in Mongolia

New UK Prime Minister Theresa May has not yet commented herself, but a spokesman for her called the attack "a terrible incident".

The new UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson tweeted the thoughts of many.

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Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, tweeting in English and French, was one of many to stress solidarity with the people of France.

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Australia's Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull joined Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, in condemning the attacks.

Ms Bishop said: "Once again we stand resolutely with the people of France. Our thoughts and sympathies are with the victims and their families."

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The United Nations Security Council also called the attack "barbaric and cowardly".

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