EU ready to send humanitarian aid to Mumbai

November 28th, 2008 - 12:06 am ICT by IANS  

Brussels, Nov 27 (IANS) The European Union Thursday said it has rapidly initiated crisis coordination measures in the wake of the terror strike in Mumbai and is ready to send humanitarian aid to the affected city. “After the evaluation of needs with the various European consulates in Mumbai, we are ready to send support, human, material, medical support to the city,” French Interior Minister Michelle Alliot-Marie, whose country holds the current European Union presidency, told a press conference following a regular meeting of EU interior ministers, EuAsiaNews reported.

“In fact, very shortly, a flight will take off with medical support and also for evacuation”, she said.

The ministers reviewed the situation in Mumbai following the wave of terrorist attacks Wednesday and were briefed on the latest developments and examined the situation of EU citizens present in Mumbai, who are among the victims.

In a joint statement, the EU ministers strongly condemned the attacks and offered condolences to the families and relatives of the victims and sympathy to those injured. They also expressed their solidarity, in these tragic circumstances, with the Indian government.

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