Tony Blair speaks to Vajpayee, condemns Kashmir attack
3 October 2001
The Indian Express
New Delhi: British Prime Minister Tony Blair on Wednesday spoke to Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee and supported India''s stand that terrorism cannot be dealt with in compartments and has to be tackled globally. During the 10-minute telephone conversation, Blair expressed sympathies and condolences to the victims of the suicide car bomb attack outside Jammu and Kashmir Assembly in Srinagar on October 1. ''This is the kind of terrorism the governments should cooperate in rooting out,'' he told Vajpayee. The two leaders agreed that terrorism cannot be dealt with in compartments and has to be ''viewed globally and tackled globally'', an External Affairs Ministry spokesperson told reporters. India has held that a coalition of nations should be put in place to effectively combat the menace of international terrorism and that this should not be dealt in a piece- meal manner. Vajpayee and Blair had spoken over telephone in the wake of the September 11 terrorist attacks in the US and agreed that the two governments should remain in touch to exchange views on the evolving situation.