Shocked India pledges full support
Pledging its full support to Sri Lanka in its hour of need, India has condemned unreservedly the assassination of Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar.
A Government statement issued in New Delhi yesterday said:

“We have learnt with deep shock and profound grief of the brutal assassination of Sri Lanka’s distinguished Foreign Minister and long-standing friend of India, Lakshman Kadirgamar. This has been a heinous act and we condemn it unreservedly. We hope that the perpetrators of this terrorist crime will be brought to justice.

“We have every confidence that Government and friendly people of Sri Lanka will rise to the challenge and defeat the forces which seek to undermine Sri Lanka’s unity and political stability. India will, as always, extend its full support to our friendly neighbour in its hour of need.

The Government of India's support for the unity and territorial integrity of Sri Lanka remains constant and undiluted. “We convey the sincere condolences of the Government and people of India to Mrs Kadirgamar and the entire Kadirgamar family on their irreparable loss. Our prayers are with them in their moment of sorrow.”

Meanwhile Indian External Affairs Minister Natwar Singh in a condolence message said Mr. Kadirgamar’s tragic departure from the Sri Lankan political scene had ‘created a void that will be difficult , if not impossible to fill”.
“Mr. Kadirgamar’s untimely demise is not only an immeasurable loss for the Government and people of Sri Lanka, but also for our region and for the cause of democracy all over the word.

The Government and people of India have lost a trusted and valued friend, who at all times, upheld the interests and cause of partnership and multi-faceted interaction between Sri Lanka and India with deep and passionate sincerity commitment,” he said.

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