A sign which reads in French,"We are Charlie. Freedom of Expression" is placed on flowers as people continue to pay tribute to the shooting victims in front of the offices of the weekly satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris January 10, 2015.   REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol
A sign which reads in French,”We are Charlie. Freedom of Expression” is placed on flowers as people continue to pay tribute to the shooting victims in front of the offices of the weekly satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris January 10, 2015. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu  and the  Jordanian King  Abduallah II and Queen Rania   will be attending a mass national rally for the 17 victims killed in Islamist attacks in France this week, Agence France-Presse reported.

Leaders from around the world will also join the march in solidarity. Here is a list of world political figures who have confirmed their attendance:

Albania — Prime Minister Edi Rama

Algeria — Foreign Minister Ramtane Lamamra

Austria — Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz

Belgium — Prime Minister Charles Michel

Benin — President Thomas Boni Yayi

Britain — Prime Minister David Cameron

Bulgaria — Prime Minister Boyko Borisov

Canada — Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney

Croatia — Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic

Czech — Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka

Denmark — Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt

Gabon — President Ali Bongo Ondimba

Georgia — Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili

Germany — Chancellor Angela Merkel

Greece — Prime Minister Antonis Samaras

Hungary — Prime Minister Viktor Orban

Israel — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman

Italy — Prime Minister Matteo Renzi

Jordan — King Abdullah II and Queen Rania

Latvia — Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma

Mali — President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita

Niger — President Mahamadou Issoufou

Palestine — president Mahmud Abbas

Portugal — Prime Minister Pedro Passos Coelho

Romania — President Klaus Iohannis

Russia — Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov

Spain — Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy

Switzerland — President Simonetta Sommaruga

The Netherlands — Prime Minister Mark Rutte

Tunisia — Prime Minister Mehdi Jomaa

Turkey — Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu

United Arab Emirates — Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed al-Nahayan

Ukraine — President Petro Poroshenko

United States — Attorney General Eric Holder

European Commission — President Jean-Claude Juncker

European Parliament — President Martin Schulz

European Union — President Donald Tusk

NATO — Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg

Preparations for the rally

The rally Sunday is also a huge security challenge for a nation on alert for more violence, after 17 people and three gunmen were killed over three days of attacks on a satirical newspaper, a kosher supermarket and on police that has shaken France.

More than 2,000 police are being deployed, the Associated Press reported in addition to tens of thousands already guarding synagogues, mosques, schools and other sites around France.

Hundreds of thousands of people marched Saturday in cities from Toulouse in the south to Rennes in the west to honor the victims, and Paris expects hundreds of thousands more at Sunday’s unity rally.

Unity against extremism is the overriding message for Sunday’s rally.

Top European and U.S. security officials are also holding a special emergency meeting in Paris about fighting terrorism.

The rally “must show the power, the dignity of the French people who will be shouting out of love of freedom and tolerance,” Prime Minister Manuel Valls said Saturday.

“Journalists were killed because they defended freedom. Policemen were killed because they were protecting you. Jews were killed because they were Jewish,” he said. “The indignation must be absolute and total – not for three days only, but permanently.”

Al-Qaeda’s branch in Yemen said it directed Wednesday’s attack against the publication Charlie Hebdo to avenge the honor of the Prophet Muhammad, a frequent target of the weekly’s satire.


Al Arabiya

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