PM says terrorism failed to ‘shake belief in democracy’ on 9/11 anniversary

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Boris Johnson has said the threat of terrorism remains, but it has failed to “shake confidence in freedom and democracy”, as he paid tribute to the nearly 3,000 people killed during 9/11.

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Marking the 20th anniversary of the attacks on the United States that led to the 20-year war in Afghanistan, the prime minister stressed that people refused to live their lives in “permanent fear”.

“The fact that we are coming together today – in sadness but also in faith and resolve – shows the failure of terrorism and the strength of the bond between us,” Mr Johnson said in a recorded message.


Recalling the attack, he said: “Twenty years ago, September 11, 2001, after Pearl Harbor became, in the words of President Roosevelt, a ‘date that will remain in disrepute’.”

During the kidnappings 20 years ago today, 2,977 people were killed, including 67 Britons, in attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and the United 94. “Each of them is a symbol of the eternal friendship between the United Kingdom and the United States,” Mr Johnson said.

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“But while terrorists carried the burden of their misery and suffering, and continue to be a threat today, we can now say in the perspective of 20 years that they failed to shake our faith in freedom and democracy; they failed to tear nations apart. , or make us fail to abandon our values; or to live in permanent fear,” he said.

His remarks came after facing intense criticism by Western allies for the chaotic withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan last month, with desperate scenes at Kabul International Airport as thousands attempted to flee the country after the Taliban seized the government. The speed at which British ministers admitted they had was not anticipated.

The prime minister at the time of the 9/11 attacks, Tony Blair, who has been highly critical of the decision to withdraw, warned on the eve of the 20th anniversary that the international community should be prepared to act against the Taliban insurgency if They let Afghanistan become a den of terrorism.

“They need to know that they are being held to account. They need to know that we are prepared to take action against them if they go back to sheltering terrorist groups,” said Mr. Blair said bbc radio 4s Today program.

But Mr Johnson said: “The recent events in Afghanistan only strengthen our determination to remember those who were taken from us, cherish the survivors and those who still grieve and live in freedom and democracy.” We stand by our faith, which will always prevail over every enemy.”

Sir Keir Starmer also echoed the Prime Minister’s sentiments, saying that while the consequences of the attacks were “still being felt today”, Labor leaders were “convinced that our resolve has never been stronger”.

“We will continue to fight terrorism and violence, boosting our resolve never to be strengthened,” he said.

Paying tribute to the victims of 9/11, Sir Keir said: “Today we remember and honor them. We support our American friends as they mark this difficult time in their history. And we In every nook and corner of the world remembers those who have lost their lives due to terror.”


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