• No reason justifies attacks on defenseless civilians, he said.

• He recalled that the tragic events in Paris claimed the lives of two Mexican women.

During his participation in the Group of 20 (G20) Summit Leaders’ Session on the two global challenges of our time: terrorism and the refugee crisis, President Enrique Peña Nieto strongly condemned the heinous terrorist attacks that took place last Friday in the city of Paris, France, as well as those that occurred recently in Lebanon and Turkey.

He repeated that no reason justifies attacks on defenseless civilians, while expressing the profound solidarity of the Mexican people and government with the victims and their families.

The president recalled that the tragic events in Paris claimed the lives of two Mexican women.

The leaders participating in the G20 declared that terrorism cannot and should not be associated with any religion, nationality, civilization or ethnic group.

They also noted that combating terrorism is a priority for the international community and reiterated their willingness to work together to combat terrorism.

President Pena Nieto, the last president to take the floor, confirmed what had been said by the other leaders, such as the importance of combating arms and people trafficking, and the international financing of terrorism. The Mexican President added that it is equally important to prevent terrorism by tackling its structural causes.

He forcefully stated that no extremism is good for humanity and clearly suggested that the comments made by the G20 leaders at the meeting should translate into real global action against terrorism, with the help of the United Nations.

In relation to the refugee crisis, President Peña Nieto said that Mexico, as an actor with global responsibility, supported the leaders’ decision to decide and take actions regarding the immigration crisis, since, as a country of origin, transit, destination and return of migrants, Mexico is concerned about and with the humanitarian situation in the Middle East.

The president recalled that in accordance with our diplomatic tradition, we participated actively in the care of Syrian refugees, and that in 2014, Mexico made financial contributions, through international organizations, to support Syrian refugees in Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey.

He also announced that Mexico plans to make another monetary contribution, this time through the UN World Food Programme.

Finally, the President indicated that since 2013, Mexico has received more than a thousand refugees, mostly from Central America.