Mumbai terrorist attacks evoke strong condemnation in US

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Washington, Nov 29 (UNI) Messages, expressing shock, deep solidarity and sympathy, are pouring in at the Indian Embassy here and Consulates in various parts of the US after Wednesday's terrorists attacks in Mumbai.

The attacks are evoking strong condemnation within the US.

Messages of support for the Indian government and the people of India are coming in from US Congressmen and Senators, senior officials, professionals, security experts, students and a wide cross section of Americans from all walks of life.

Indian Americans are sending their condolences and expressions of support and solidarity in large numbers.

President George W Bush spoke on phone to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Thursday to express condolences to the victims and solidarity with the people of India, and offer assistance in the investigations.

A day earlier, the White House issued a statement to convey Mr Bush's offer of assistance and support to the Indian government.

President-elect Barack Obama called Indian Ambassador Ronen Sen within a few hours of the attacks. He was briefed by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

Mr Obama, who takes over on January 20, was fully supportive of all actions by the Bush Administration to assist the Indian government.

The statement issued on behalf of the President-elect by his Transition group stated, ''The US must continue to strengthen our partnerships with India and nations around the world to root out and destroy terrorist networks. We stand with the people of India, whose democracy will prove far more resilient than the hateful ideology that led to these attacks.'' Ms Rice also called Mr Sen on Wednesday to convey her deep sorrow and sympathy.

She assured that the situation was being monitored at the highest levels of the Bush Administration and that India could count on the fullest cooperation and support of the US.

Ms Rice spoke on phone to External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee the same evening to convey the solidarity of the US with India in the common fight against terrorism.

In a statement issued on Wednesday, the State Department strongly condemned the attack.

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