Assam blasts: France, EU add voice to condemnations

November 1st, 2008 - 6:14 pm ICT by IANS  

Manmohan SinghNew Delhi, Nov 1 (IANS) France, which holds the current presidency of the European Union, Saturday condemned the “cowardly and despicable” bombings in Assam and underlined its solidarity with India in combating the scourge of terrorism. “France firmly condemns these cowardly and despicable acts,” French President Nicolas Sarkozy said in a letter to Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

“During this ordeal for Indian citizens, France remains at your side and remains evermore resolute in strengthening its cooperation with your country for combating the scourge of terrorism,” Sarkozy said while conveying condolences to families of at least 77 people who died in multiple blasts in parts of Assam Thursday.

In a separate statement, the Presidency of the Council of the European Union expressed its “deep grief” at heinous blasts in Assam and reaffirmed its “full solidarity to the Indian authorities”.

The EU “remains staunchly at their side in their fight against terrorism”, the statement said.

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