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European Union assures India solidarity in eradicating terrorism


New Delhi : Terming the recent serial blasts in India’s two major cities, Bangalore and Ahmedabad on two consecutive days, as “cowardly and inhuman” attacks, the European Union on Tuesday assured its full solidarity in fighting terrorism alongside India.

French President Nicholas Sarkozy, who holds the Presidency of the European Union in a letter to Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh said: “I learnt with deep grief the dastardly attacks which struck India, in Bangalore and Ahmedabad, on July 25 and 26.

I would like to extend my deepest condolences and sympathy to you, as well as to the Indian people and particularly the families of the victims.”

He said, “As the Presidency of the European Union, I considered it important for Europe to condemn firmly these blind, cowardly and inhuman attacks.

“On this occasion, I wish to assure you of the full solidarity of the 27 Member-States of the EU and their determination to fight alongside the Indian government to eradicate the scourge of terrorism,” he said.

Sarkozy said France and India will have the opportunity to examine soon the reinforcement of our cooperation in this area during strategic dialogue scheduled on August 11 in Paris.

“Should you so desire, we could raise the substance of this issue together during the upcoming EU-India Summit and the Indo-French Summit which we will hold in Marseilles and then in Paris, in September,” he added.

Terror struck in Karnataka and Gujarat’s capital cities on July 25 and 26 as both the cities were rocked by more than 20 serial blasts claimed 50 lives while 200 others injured.