President and Modi condemn attack on Indian consulate in Afghanistan

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New Delhi : Prime Minister-designate Narendra Modi and President Pranab Mukherjee Friday “strongly” condemned the attack on the Indian consulate in Afghanistan and spoke to the Indian envoy assuring support to the staff there.
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“I condemn the attack on our consulate in Herat, Afghanistan. Closely monitoring the situation. I have spoken to the Ambassador as well,” Modi wrote on twitter. “Such terror attacks will not deter India’s efforts to assist friendly people of Afghanistan in their efforts to reconstruct and develop their nation,” Mukherjee said in a statement here. Commending the bravery shown by Indian and Afghan staff at the consulate, he said: “India will stand united and strong in defending its security and interests wherever they may be threatened.” He called upon the Indian security forces to remain alert and give a “fitting response to any attempt to harm our country and people”.

Earlier, Modi spoke to Amar Sinha, Indian ambassador to Afghanistan, and assured support.

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Syed Akbaruddin, external affairs ministry spokesman, said in a tweet: “PM designate Narendra Modi following events related to attack on India’s consulate in Herat. Speaks to Amb Sinha in Afghanistan. Bolsters morale of all staff in India’s Missions in Afghanistan”.

“Narendra Modi assures all support to brave staff at Consulate in Herat,” he added. The Indian consulate in Herat was attacked by four gunmen early Friday. Modi will be sworn in as prime minister of India May 26. Besides, Mukherjee expressed gratitude to the Afghanistan security forces for responding quickly to the situation and come to the assistance of the consulate, ensuring the safety of the staff and officers.

The president also asked the external affairs ministry to remain in close touch with Afghanistan authorities to ensure the continued safety of Indian diplomats posted in that country.