On the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks in the United States, the leaders of the institutions of the European Union expressed full solidarity with America in the fight against terrorism.
Twenty years ago, two passenger planes hijacked by terrorists crashed into the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York, destroying them. Another plane crashed into the building of the US Department of Defense in Washington. The fourth airliner fell and crashed near the city of Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania). According to official data, 2,753 people were killed in New York, 189 in Washington, and 44 in Pennsylvania.
“The European Union supports the United States and the American president in the ongoing fight against terrorism and extremism in all its forms. The horrific terrorist attacks of September 11, twenty years ago changed the course of history; we remember the victims,” the head of the European Council, Charles Michel, wrote on Twitter.
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen expressed support for Washington “in defending freedom and compassion in the face of hatred.” “Even in the darkest, most difficult times, there is a place for the best in every person,” Von der Leyen wrote on Twitter.
The Speaker of the European Parliament, David Sassoli, noted in his address that “after twenty years, the fight against terrorism is not over. We must remain vigilant.”
The head of EU diplomacy, Josep Borrell, recalling the events of September 11, 2001, said that the EU applies a comprehensive approach to combating terrorism and extremism, tries to eliminate the causes, block funding sources, and limit terrorist content on the Internet.
“Twenty years later, terrorist groups remain active and dangerous in many parts of the world, including the Sahel, the Middle East, and Afghanistan. Their attacks have claimed thousands of lives, caused great pain and suffering… Now, more than ever, we are determined to fight terrorism in all its forms… Our experience has taught us that there are no easy answers and quick solutions in this struggle.
Countering terrorism and extremism only by force and military power will not help… Therefore, the EU applies a comprehensive approach, eliminating and eradicating the causes of extremism, blocking the sources of terrorist financing, limiting terrorist content on the Internet,” Borrell wrote.
According to him, the recent events in Afghanistan have shown that it is necessary to rethink further the approach to combating extremism and terrorism and modernize cooperation with strategic partners, including the United States, the UN, and other international structures.
“On this day, we should not forget that the only way forward is to unite efforts and firmly resist all those who seek to damage and divide our societies,” the head of EU diplomacy said.