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'US, India need to fight terrorism together'

Congratulating Barack Obama on behalf of more than one billion Indians, Consul General Prabhu Dayal has said that US and India, face similar problems of terrorism and global economic meltdown and need to tackle them unitedly.

world Updated: Jan 23, 2009 09:29 IST

Congratulating President Barack Obama on behalf of more than one billion Indians, Consul General Prabhu Dayal has said the United States and India, two major democracies, face similar problems of terrorism and global economic meltdown and need to tackle them unitedly.

Speaking at a function organised to facilitate Obama on his inauguration, Dayal spoke about the terror attacks in Mumbai and stressed that the terrorists had not only targeted Indians but also singled out westerners and Jews for attack.

"They were not only our enemies. They were your enemies also," he told the audience which comprised mostly of Americans. "As you embark on your destiny, we would like to hold hands with you and fight all these challenges together."

More than one hundred Indian-Americans entrepreneurs and community leaders were present among about 1000 guests at the function organised by Jamaica Organisation of New Jersey.

"It is a historic day, not only for America but the entire world. All of us watched with great admiration the inauguration ceremony and all of us the world over, had our hearts filled with joy and our heads filled with hope because we saw that the world's greatest democracy America had risen up from any sort of racial prejudice to elect first African-American as its president," Dayal said.

As secular nations, the people of America and the people of India had shared destinies, he added.

New Jersey Governor Jon S Corzine said swearing-in of Obama was the "most magnificent day" in the life of the nation.