Belgium to respond to threat firmly, calmly, with dignity: King Philippe

Brussels, March 23 (IANS) Belgium will respond to the threat it faces “firmly, calmly and with dignity,” King Philippe said in a televised address on Tuesday evening in the wake of the Brussels terror attacks.

“Our country is in the mourning,” Xinhua quoted the king as saying in a short speech broadcast at 19:00 local time (18:00 GMT).

Describing the attacks as “cowardly and odious,” King Philippe said he and his wife Mathilde shared their sorrow with those who have lost a loved one or who were injured.

He praised the work of the emergency services and gave thanks to “all those who spontaneously offered help.”

King Philippe concluded: “Faced with this threat, we will continue to respond firmly, calmly and with dignity. Let us remain confident in ourselves. This confidence is our strength.”

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