Asking the world to unite against terrorism, French President Nicholas Sarkozy on Tuesday said terror originating from Pakistan was unacceptable and urged India’s neighbour to be resolute in combating the menace.
He was speaking, on the final day of his four-day India visit, at a 26/11 commemorative function at the Oberoi-Trident Hotel, one of the targets during the November 2008 attacks in which 166 people were killed. Among the victims were two French nationals.
Sarkozy said everyone knew how the attacks had been plotted and executed. “We know the price Pakistanis are paying for terrorism, but it is unacceptable for the world that terrorist groups are masterminded and trained in Pakistan.
It is not acceptable for Afghanistan and our troops in Afghanistan that Taliban and Al-Qaida should find refuge in the frontier zones of Pakistan.”
Appreciating the restraint shown by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh after the attacks, Sarkozy extended his support to India in the fight against terror and said there would be “no limit to operational co-operation with India to counter terrorism.”
"We will never forget the Mumbai attacks and will be with India so that justice is rendered. The attacks made it clear that terrorism is a criminal activity although it pretends to act for political or religious objectives. It pretends to serve ideals but injures them through its acts,” he said.
The French president made it clear that his country valued its relations with Pakistan.
"A Pakistan which is democratic, stable and prosperous, is in the interest of this region and the world,” he stressed.
Sarkozy lauded India’s security personnel for their response to the terror attacks and honoured Karambir Kang of Taj Hotel and Devendra Verma of Oberoi-Trident for their efforts in saving lives with the 'Insignia of Officer of Ordre National Du Merite.'