Sarkozy writes to PM, condemns recent blasts as inhuman

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New Delhi, Jul 29 (UNI) French President Nicolas Sarkozy today wrote to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to condemn the Bangalore and Ahmedabad blasts as ''cowardly and inhuman acts'', and offered to put terrorism on the agenda of the upcoming EU-India Summit and the Indo-French Summit.

In a handwritten letter to the PM, which he called ''the expression of his high and friendly consideration'', Mr Sarkozy expressed deep grief over the 'dastardly'' attacks in Bangalore and Ahmedabad on July 25 and 26.

As a holder of the presidency of the European Union, he assured full solidarity of the 27 member-states of the EU and their determination to fight alongside India to eradicate the scourge of terrorism.

He said India and France would have the opportunity to examine soon the reinforcement of their cooperation in fighting terrorism during their 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 Marseille, then Paris, in September,'' he said.

Mr Sarkozy also extended his deepest condolences and sympathy to Dr Singh, as well as to the Indian people, particularly the families of the victims.

''I considered it important for Europe to condemn firmly these blind, cowardly and inhuman attacks.

''Kindly accept, Hon'ble Prime Minister, the expression of my high and friendly (handwritten) consideration,'' the French President said in the signed letter.

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