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Arab World Leader Reactions: A Mixed Bag

May 2, 2011

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Saudi unnamed official cited on state TV

Saudi Arabia hopes that the elimination of the leader of the terrorist al-Qaeda organisation will be a step towards supporting international efforts aimed at combating terrorism and dismantling its cells.

Palestinian Authority spokesman Ghassan Khatib

Getting rid of Bin Laden is good for the cause of peace worldwide but what counts is to overcome the discourse and the methods – the violent methods – that were created and encouraged by Bin Laden and others in the world.

Ismail Haniyeh, head of Hamas administration in Gaza Strip

We condemn the assassination and the killing of an Arab holy warrior. We regard this as a continuation of the American policy based on oppression and the shedding of Muslim and Arab blood.

Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari

We, like many people in the world, are delighted to see an end to his mentality and his devious ideology. Iraqis suffered a great deal at the hands of this man and his terrorist organisation. Thousands of Iraqis were murdered and killed because of his ideologies.  We as Iraqis have suffered enormously as a result of Al-Qaeda and its leader.

Iranian foreign ministry spokesperson Ramin Mehmanparast

US and their allies have no more excuse to deploy forces in the Middle East under pretext of fighting terrorism.

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