India pledges ample security to Israel embassy
Netanyahu, India FM SM Krishna
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Indian FM Kirshna: India will find those responsible for bombing; UK calls on Tbilisi, New Dehli to probe attacks.
India's Foreign Minister S.M. Krishna phoned Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman Monday and expressed his "shock" over Monday's attack on the Israeli embassy in New Delhi, after near simultaneous attacks were launched on the Israeli missions in India and Georgia. According to Liberman's office, Krishna said India would make all efforts to find those responsible and bring them to justice. He also said that India would provide the Israeli embassy with all the security it needed, and stressed the importance that India placed on its friendship with Israel. Krishna visited Israel last month, the highest level Indian official to do so in more than a decade. Liberman thanked his Indian counterpart and said Israel viewed India as a true friend. He said this was not the first time terrorists have targeted Israeli diplomatic missions abroad, and that "no Israel diplomat anywhere in the world will be deterred by terrorism." Lieberman will convene a meting of senior ministry officials in the early evening to assess the situation and – where necessary – provide new security directives to the country's other diplomatic missions around the world.The United Kingdom, meanwhile, condemned the attacks and called on New Dehli and Tbilisi to fully investigate the incidents. “I was shocked and appalled to hear of the attack today on an Israeli diplomatic vehicle in New Delhi and the failed attack on another vehicle in Tbilisi," UK Foreign Secretary William Hague said via a written statement.Hague called on India and Georgia to investigate the "deliberate attacks on diplomatic staff" in New Dehli and Tbilisi, adding that "our thoughts are with those injured and their families."