Germany supports India on LoC strikes, calls it right to defence against terror

Updated on Oct 05, 2016 06:43 PM IST

The German backing comes a day after a top European Parliament official asked the international community to stand by India in its fight against terror emanating from Pakistan.

Soldiers guard outside the army base which was attacked suspected militants in Uri, Jammu and Kashmir on September 18, 2016.(PTI)
Soldiers guard outside the army base which was attacked suspected militants in Uri, Jammu and Kashmir on September 18, 2016.(PTI)
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Germany on Wednesday said every country has the right to defend itself against international terrorism, signalling growing support for New Delhi’s September 29 attack on militant camps across the line of control.

The German backing comes a day after a top European Parliament official asked the international community to stand by India in its fight against terror emanating from Pakistan, which if left unchecked would target the West.

“There is a clear international norm that every state has the right to defend its territory from international terrorism,” German ambassador to India Martin Ney said in Hyderabad.

Responding to a question on the “surgical strikes”, Ney said under international law, every country was obliged to ensure that no terrorism emanated from its territory.

“Secondly, there is a clear international law that any state has the right to defend its territory from any form of global terrorism,” Ney said.

Germany was standing side by side with India in its efforts to counter terrorism. “I can assure you standing with India side by side against terrorism are not empty political words but backed with concrete projects,” Ney said.

Germany is the second major world power to back India in as many days. Russia has welcomed the army raid. Its ambassador Alexander M Kadakin said on Monday that the “terrorists” who struck an army base in Uri were Pakistanis and every country had the right to defend itself. Nineteen Indian soldiers were killed in the September 18 attack.

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