Letter of condolence from the President of the Republic to the Prime minister of India

Letter of condolence from M. Jacques CHIRAC, President of the Republic, to Mr Manmohan SINGH, Prime minister of India


Paris, 20 February 2007

Prime Minister, [handwritten:] Dear Friend,

I was greatly shocked to learn of the terrible attack on Sunday night against the friendship train, the Samjhauta Express, linking New Delhi and Lahore.

At this particularly painful moment, I extend to you, personally and on behalf of the French people, my deepest condolences and ask you to convey them to the bereaved.

France, committed with the international community to fighting terrorism, firmly condemns this unspeakable act. She salutes the Indian and Pakistani authorities' reaffirmed determination to pursue the process of dialogue and rapprochement between their two countries.

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