Terrorist attacks in Paris – Solemn homage at the Embassy
New Delhi, 16 November 2015
A minute’s silence was observed on Monday 16th November at the French Embassy in memory of the victims of the 13th November attacks in Paris. Our thoughts are with them and their families.
Heartfelt thanks to the Indian authorities and people for their touching messages. Grateful for India’s support.
Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Shri Kiren Rijiju attended a condolence meeting at the Embassy of France here today to mourn the victims of terrorist attacks in Paris on November 13, 2015. Following is the text of the statement made by him on the occasion:
“It is indeed a sad and solemn moment as we gather here to jointly mourn the tragedy that befell Paris. Our prayers and thoughts today are with the families of the innocent victims who were prey to the dastardly acts of terrorism. We in India are no strangers to the pain and suffering inflicted by such senseless acts of violence; we have been victims of it for the last four decades. None of this however, lessens our sense of outrage, grief and shock when they happen and wherever they happen – whether in India or anywhere else in the world. We share your pain in this hour of tragedy and stand with you shoulder-to-shoulder, ready to assist the Government and the people of France in facing this tragedy and in ensuring that such assaults on humanity do not recur anywhere.
As our Prime Minister said at the G-20 Summit that is underway in Turkey, it is now time for the world to speak in one voice and act in unison against terrorism without any narrow considerations or specious selectivity in distinguishing between terrorist groups. We must isolate those who support and sponsor terrorism and stand with those who share our values of humanism. Open democracies and pluralistic societies that value individual freedoms and liberties like ours are increasingly threatened by terror groups. We need to significantly step up our cooperation in intelligence and disrupt all forms of support to terror groups, who are a common threat to our cherished values and to humanity itself. We also need to urgently put in place a comprehensive global strategy to combat terrorism including a suitable international legal framework to deal with this growing threat. This is what India has been calling for, since several years.
We share special ties with France and her people. France has been our long standing strategic partner and an all-weather friend. We greatly cherish and value this close and enduring partnership. On behalf of the Government of India and the people of India, I convey my heartfelt condolences and prayers for the victims and their families and pray for the strength and the courage to overcome this tragedy. I also reaffirm our resolute support to the Government of France and our brothers and sisters in France as they emerge courageously from this crisis, stronger and more resolute than ever, in combating the common enemies of humanity.”
Source : PIB website