May 24, 2017 / 2:25 PM / 2 years ago

May receives further condolence calls from foreign leaders after attack

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May writes a message for the book of condolences for the victims of the attack on Manchester Arena, at Manchester Town Hall in Manchester May 23, 2017. REUTERS/Ben Birchall/Pool

LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Theresa May received condolence calls from several foreign leaders on Wednesday, following an attack on a concert hall in the northern English city of Manchester which killed 22 people, her spokesman said.

May took calls from German Chancellor Angela Merkel, King Salman of Saudi Arabia, Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven, and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, he said.

“King Salman of Saudi Arabia called to offer his condolences and said Saudi Arabia strongly denounces and condemns this brutal terrorist attack which defies all international humanitarian norms,” the spokesman said in a statement.

“They agreed the UK and Saudi Arabia would continue working closely together to counter terrorism and violent extremism.”

On Tuesday, May spoke to U.S. President Donald Trump, French President Emmanuel Macron, Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

Reporting by Kylie MacLellan, editing by Elizabeth Piper

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