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Canada condemns Jaipur blasts
Ajit Jain in Toronto | May 14, 2008 09:18 IST
Canadian Minister for Foreign Affairs Maxime Bernier on Wednesday condemned the series of bombings in Jaipur.
"These terrorist bombings, which occurred in crowded market areas and near a temple, are a deplorable act of violence against innocent civilians," he said in a statement from Ottawa.
On behalf of all Canadians, Bernier offered his "condolences to the families and friends of those who lost their lives, and I wish a speedy recovery to the injured."
He said the Canadian government is "working with the Indian authorities to determine whether any Canadians have been directly affected by these events."
Published reports say over 60 people are dead and 150 injured in 6 set of bombings in the walled city of Jaipur.
In a letter to the Indian High Commissioner R L Narayan, Deepak Obhrai, Conservative MP and Parliamentary Secretary to Bernier extended his "heartfelt condolences on the death and destruction� in Jaipur."
He called these terrorist bombing "being very close to home" as his wife Neena is from Jaipur where her extended family continues to live today.
"We stand firmly untied with the government of India, a proud and strong democracy, in condemning these acts of terror," Bernier said.
"Canada [Images] and India have a shared commitment to freedom, democracy, human rights and the rule of law. Among our mutual priorities is a close cooperation to fight terrorism," Bernier added.