French President, Indian PM Discuss Terror Attacks

Published September 22nd, 2001 - 02:00 GMT

French President Jacques Chirac spoke by telephone Saturday with Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee about developments in the wake of the September 11 terrorist attacks on the United States, officials said. 

They stressed the importance of the United Nations role in the fight against terrorism, which should be seen as a "global struggle," an official in the French president's office said. 

Chirac briefed the Indian prime minister on the outcome of a special European Union summit Friday in Brussels as well as on his talks earlier in the week with US President George W. Bush and UN Secretary General Kofi Annan. 

The EU members "strongly reiterated their solidarity with the United States" and cautioned against "confusing fanatical terrorist groups with mainstream Muslims and the Arab world," the official quoted Chirac as saying. 

Vajpayee said India was also determined to fight against terrorism and that, like the European Union, India wants the United Nations to be active in that fight, according to the French official. 

In New Delhi, an official from Vajpayee's office said only that the two discussed current events in light of the attacks that were feared to have killed some 6,300 people. 

India has held a series of diplomatic contacts since the attacks, with Foreign Minister Jaswant Singh speaking Wednesday to British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw and his Iranian counterpart, Kamal Kharazi. 

Prime Minister Vajpayee spoke last week with US President George W. Bush and pledged New Delhi's "fullest cooperation" in the war on terrorism -- PARIS (AFP)

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