Sarkozy pays tribute to 26/11 martyrs

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Mumbai, Dec 7 (ANI): French President Nicolas Sarkozy today paid tribute to victims of the 26/11 terror attacks and called upon Pakistani authorities to show that they are resolute in combating terrorism.

Speaking at a special memorial service held at the Trident-Oberoi Hotel, which had along with Taj Mahal Hotel, bore the brunt of the terror attack in 2008, Sarkozy said: "Mumbai terror attacks are comparable to 9/11 attacks. I count on Pakistan authorities to show that they are resolute in combating terrorism."

"We should have true international cooperation to combat terrorism. We shall stand by India so that justice is delivered," he added.

Sarkozy also honoured Karambir Kang of Taj Hotel and Devendra Bharma of Trident-Oberoi for their efforts in saving lives during 26/11 attacks with "Insignia of Officer of Ordre National Du Merite' for distinguished service.

Accompanied by wife Carla Bruni and other French officials, the President also observed one-minute silence remembering the martyrs.

DGP Sivanandan, Mumbai Police Commissioner Sanjeev Dayal were among the top police officials present on the occasion.

Sarkozy is scheduled to fly back to France after the one-hour meeting with business leaders, though it was not clear if there will be any definite agreements signed during the meet. (ANI)

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