Chennai: Condemning the terror attack on an
Israeli diplomat, British Minister of State for Foreign Affairs
Jeremy Browne on Tuesday stressed the need for India and Britain to
work together to make the world as safe as possible.
"...we strongly condemn terrorism and have to hope that we
can discourage extremists and terrorist behavior. India is no
stranger to terrorism and there have been some terrible
incidents in recent years. So we need to work together to try
and make sure we keep people as safe as possible around the
world," he told reporters after attending a hockey event.
Noting that terrorism and disputes have no geographical
limits, he recalled an attack in U.S, making it imperative for
all to work jointly "whether it is U.N.,G 20 or the
Commonwealth... where both India and Britain are members.
To a question on religious extremism, he said extremist
Islamic organisations sponsoring terrorism are a concern not
only in India, but also in U.K. So both nations have to be
vigilant about being as resilient as possible to such threats.
Browne said India, `a fantastic country with an amazing
history and diversity and a strong economy` does not need
anything to hold it back. People in this country would be very
upset with the idea of terrorism or any such thing damaging
India`s reputation worldwide and be united in wanting to have
a peaceful and prosperous future for the country, he said.
Referring to Iran, he said his country has some "serious
concerns" about that government`s sponsorship of terrorist
organisations and its nuclear weapons ambitions.
As Britain wished to have good relations with all countries
it wanted Iran to take on a path which rejects aggression and
gives the best opportunities to its people to live peacefully
and become more prosperous, he said.