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'We want to ensure that 26/11 is not repeated,' says Merkel

December 12, 2010 - Berlin

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Saturday, in no uncertain terms, castigated Pakistan for using terror as a tool to fulfill its political objectives.

Addressing a joint press conference with visiting Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Merkel said Germany would extend its fullest cooperation to India in battling militancy.

"India is suffering as a consequence of terrorist (militant) attacks. We still remember the attack in Mumbai. At that time we criticised what was done by these perpetrators. We want to do whatever we can to ensure that these terror attacks are not repeated," said Merkel in reply to a question.

She added: "Our intention is also to talk to Pakistan to make clear that terror is not a means to an end when it comes to helping solve political problems. It is unacceptable and that Germany will cooperate with India very closely in this particular area."

Emphasising the close cooperation between India and Germany in combating global terror, Merkel said: "We are working with India to do whatever we can to see that such terror acts do not take place."

The German Chancellor said that during her one-to-one talks with the Indian Prime Minister and the delegation-level talks that followed, the situation in the Afghanistan-Pakistan region was discussed in great detail, as also the future of enhancing security in South Asia.

Merkel said that India and Germany share a close strategic relationship based on mutual trust and cooperation.


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