External Affairs Minister (EAM) S Jaishankar paid to tribute to victims of the 26/11 Mumbai attack as part of the two-day anti-terrorism meeting of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) starting Friday.
The first segment of the Special Meeting of the UN Security Council’s Counter-Terrorism Committee is at Hotel Taj Mahal Palace in Mumbai today.
A wreath-laying ceremony also took place at one of the main sites that saw the dastardly terror attacks of 26/11/2008.
Speaking at the UNSC meeting at the Taj hotel, Jaishankar said, “18 members of the Indian Police Forces, 12 members of the Taj hotel staff and security were martyred in the line of duty.”
“As we pay tribute to them at the 26/11 memorial site, we salute their valour and their resolve,” he said. In his speech, Jaishankar pointed out that it was not just “an attack on Mumbai, it was an attack on the international community.” “Nations of specific countries were identified before being murdered. As a result, the commitment of each and every member state of the UN to combat terrorism stood publicly challenged,” he said.
In a report by ANI , Addressing the UN members, the external affairs minister said, “Together, we should send out the message that the international community will never give up on holding terrorists accountable and delivering justice. 26/11 will never ever be forgotten.”
S Jaishankar further stated, In another month, we’ll be observing 14th anniversary of ghastly attacks on Mumbai in Nov 2008. While one of the terrorists was captured alive, prosecuted & convicted by the highest court in India, key conspirators & planners of the 26/11 attacks continue to remain protected
On November 26, 2008, ten terrorists trained by the Pakistan-based terrorist organisation Lashkar-e-Tayyiba (LeT) carried out a series of coordinated attacks against multiple targets in Mumbai including the Taj Mahal hotel, the Oberoi hotel, the Leopold Cafe, the Nariman (Chabad) House, and the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus train station, killing 166 people.