Francois Richier, the ambassador of France to India, on Monday said he was “saddened” by Uttar Pradesh minister Azam Khan’s remarks on the Paris attacks.
The controversial MLA had earlier said that the Paris terror attack could have been a “reaction” to the “killing of innocents” in Arab countries by superpowers” including the US.
The envoy said the attack in Paris was an attack against freedom and democracy and the fight against IS would be long, difficult and global. He also said the UN climate conference in Paris in November will take place, but a review will be done on the number events to take place along the sidelines of the event.
Attending an event at the French Embassy to mourn the victims of the terror attacks, minister of state for home Kiren Rijiju said people of India are no strangers to the pain and suffering inflicted by violence.
“We share your pain in this hour of tragedy and stand with you, shoulder-to-shoulder, ready to assist the government and the people of France in facing this tragedy and in ensuring that such assaults on humanity do not recur anywhere,” he said while addressing the gathering.
Rijiju referred to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s statement at the G-20 summit at Turkey that time has come for the world to speak in one voice and act in unison against terrorism without any narrow considerations or specious selectivity in distinguishing between terrorist groups.
“We must isolate those who support and sponsor terrorism and stand with those who share our values of humanism. Open democracies and pluralistic societies that value individual freedoms and liberties like ours are increasingly threatened by terror groups,” he said.