The interior ministers of Britain, France and Germany stood alongside their Tunisian counterpart on Monday to stand firm and united against terrorism.
They deplored the 39 deaths in the Friday attack, in which 18 Britons are now confirmed dead, although the final toll may be more than 30. And they saluted the courage of hotel staff and tourists who intervened to prevent even worse bloodshed.
“President Essebsi is the first democratically elected president of Tunisia. Tunisia is a symbol of what is possible and we’ve had a meeting this morning with my Interior minister colleagues which has shown the determination that we all have to fight against this perverted ideology that is causing this death and destruction.” said Britain’s Theresa May.
Tunisian security forces arrested a group of suspects on Monday they believe helped the lone gunman go on the rampage.
“Determination is the key to the success we will obtain against those who organise attacks on us. As my colleague Theresa May has just said, we will win this war against terrorism, we are determined to win it,” said France’s Bernard Cazeneuve.
An investigation is underway to determine if the gunman received training at a jihadist camp in Libya. Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack. Tunisia says all the arrested suspects are known associates of the gunman.