Statement by India on the death of several UAE nationals and injury to UAE Ambassador in terrorist attack in Kandahar

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Statement by India on the death of several UAE nationals and injury to UAE Ambassador in terrorist attack in Kandahar, Afghanistan on 10 January 2017

January 12, 2017

We are deeply saddened with the news of the death of several UAE nationals, among others, and the serious injuries suffered by the UAE Ambassador to Afghanistan resulting from a bomb blast that took place at a guesthouse in Kandahar on 10 January during a meeting between senior Afghan officials and UAE diplomats.

This dastardly terrorist attack is all the more condemnable as the UAE Ambassador was in Kandahar on a humanitarian mission to lay foundation stone for the Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan centre for orphans.

We offer our sincere and heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families and wish speedy recovery to those injured in the attack.

These cowardly attacks once again bring in sharp focus the inhumane suffering inflicted on the peace loving people of the region by the abominable phenomenon of international terrorism, which sadly continues to have its epicentre in our region and is pursued brazenly as an instrument of state policy to achieve narrow political objectives.

We stand by the people and the government of UAE and Afghanistan in our common fight against this menace which threatens all societies across the globe.

India remains firmly committed to working closely and actively with the UAE and Afghanistan to eradicate the curse of terrorism in all its forms and manifestations.

New Delhi
January 12, 2017

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