Attack on Indian Embassy aimed to foil India-Afghanistan friendship: Rao

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New Delhi, Oct.10 (ANI): Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao, who was on a two day visit to Afghanistan in the wake of recent bomb-attack on the Indian Embassy, on Saturday said the attack was aimed against the people of India and Afghanistan and their abiding friendship.

Expressing her deep concern and revulsion over the barbaric and cowardly attack which killed so many innocent lives, Rao said: The attack was clearly the handiwork of those who are desperate to undermine Indo-Afghan friendship and do not believe in a strong, democratic and pluralistic Afghanistan."

"The international community and indeed the people of Afghanistan face a clear and present danger from the perpetrators of such wanton acts of terrorism and their patrons residing across the border," the Foreign Secretary added.

While condemning the terrorist attack on the Indian embassy, Rao emphasized that the scourge of terrorism must be resolutely opposed, resisted and overcome through undiluted commitment and effort by the international community.

Inspecting the Chancery premises and its surrounding areas, Rao made an on the spot assessment of the devastation caused by the blast.

She met the officers and staff of the Indian Embassy, including the members of the ITBP contingent, two of whom sustained shrapnel injuries.

Rao complimented their bravery, resoluteness and dedication for working unflinchingly under such trying circumstances. She assured them that the Government would take all possible measures to ensure their safety, security and welfare. (ANI)

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