Washington, DC. 29 July, 2008. In reaching out on Capitol Hill while conveying grave concern over the recent wave of terrorist attacks on India, the US-India Political Action Committee (USINPAC) found senior Members of Congress expressing tremendous support for India. Specifically, USINPAC heard strong words of encouragement for India to continue its very important and helpful role in Afghanistan, and more calls for closer security cooperation between the United States and India.
"The attack on the Indian Embassy in Kabul earlier this month and the recent bombings in India remind us that all nations can be victims of terrorism," said Congressman Howard Berman (D-CA-28), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee. "I deplore these cowardly and despicable acts and offer my sincere condolences to those who have lost loved ones. India is a country that stands for free and democratic values. I applaud its efforts to invest in the stability and development of Afghanistan and hope these terrorists are brought to justice as quickly as possible."
â€œThe threat of Islamist militants knows no borders and is one that confronts us all," said Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL-18), Ranking Member on the House Foreign Affairs Committee. "I strongly condemn the terrorist attacks against the Indian people and their interests â€“ both inside their country and, recently, in Kabul, Afghanistan and extend my condolences to the victims and their families. The Congress and the United States government as a whole must continue to work with and support the government and the people of India in their efforts to keep their nation safe from the enemies of freedom and democracy."
"It should be clear to the enemies of freedom and democracy that these horrible acts will not weaken the strong bond that exists between the United States and India, and it will not dissuade India from continuing to support Afghanistan in pursuit of an enduring peace in the region," said Sanjay Puri, Chairman of USINPAC.