The Uri terror attack, in which 17 Indian Army personnel were killed and over 20 injured on Sunday, has shocked the international community with several of them expressing their solidarity with India. Leaders of countries like France, United Kingdom and the United States of America have said they stand with India in the country’s fight against Pakistan-sponsored terrorism. However, they refrained from naming Pakistan directly.
The White House condemned the attack by Pakistani terrorists on Indian Army base in Kashmir. John Kirby, US State Department Spokesman, said in a statement: “The United States strongly condemns the terrorist attack on an Indian Army base in Kashmir during the early morning of September 18”. He added: “The United States is committed to our strong partnership with the Indian government to combat terrorism.”
US ambassador to India Richard Verma also condemned the attack. “We strongly condemn the terror attack in Uri, J&K. Our thoughts are with the families of the brave soldiers who lost their lives #UriAttack,” he tweeted. UK Foreign Minister Boris Johnson on Monday called up External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj saying his country stands “shoulder-to-shoulder” with India in its fight against terrorism. He also condemned the terror attack on an army camp in Jammu and Kashmir’s Uri town that killed 17 soldiers. “UK FM @BorisJohnson speaks to EAM. Condemns terror attack in Uri. Says UK stands shoulder to shoulder with India in defeating terrorism,” MEA spokesperson Vikas Swarup tweeted.
Earlier in the day, he had also issued a statement in London saying the UK condemns all forms of terrorism, and stands shoulder-to-shoulder with India in the fight against terrorism, and in bringing the perpetrators to justice.
A statement by the French ministry of foreign affairs and international development, France said it condemns “terrible terrorist attack perpetrated on 18 September against an Indian army camp in the region of Kashmir. It conveys its condolences to the families of the 17 Indian soldiers killed in this attack.”
The statement further said: “France remains at India’s side in the combat against terrorism. It calls on every State to fight effectively against terrorist groups operating on their territory or from their territory against other countries. France also recalls the importance it attaches to bringing calm and the peaceful settlement of disputes in the region of Kashmir.”