British minister condemns Delhi blasts

September 13th, 2008 - 11:09 pm ICT by IANS  

Shivraj PatilNew Delhi, Sep 13 (IANS) Condemning the serial blasts in the capital Saturday evening, visiting British Justice Minister Jack Straw said he would discuss with Indian leaders how the two countries could work together to “tackle the scourge of terrorism”.Straw arrived here Saturday evening - soon after six blasts shook key business and market hubs of the capital and claimed at least 18 lives.

“I have just learnt about the horrible attacks that have taken place in Delhi this evening. My deepest sympathies are with the victims and with the families of those affected,” he said in a statement.

“The British government condemns all acts of terrorism, and during my time in Delhi I will be talking to senior members of the Indian government about how better we can work together to tackle the scourge of terrorism,” he added.

Straw, a former Leader of the House of Commons who also held the portfolios of the foreign and home ministries, is scheduled to meet his counterpart, Law and Justice Minister H.R. Bhardwaj.

He is also likely to meet Home Minister Shivraj Patil and Leader of Opposition L.K. Advani.

Here until Monday, Straw will be the chief guest at an Iftar party at the British High Commissioner’s residence Sunday.

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