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Message of Sympathy for Mumbai Victims

Friday 14th July 2006

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams has today sent a message of sympathy for victims of the terrorist attacks in Mumbai earlier this week.

In a message to be read at an inter faith memorial gathering this evening, Dr Williams says that the anniversary of the 7/7 attacks have led people in the UK to a determination to stand with victims and assured all involved of his continuing prayers.

The full text of the message follows:

"We were deeply dismayed to receive the news of the tragedy that unfolded in Mumbai on 11 July following the terrorist attacks of the rail network there. I wrote yesterday to the Moderator of the Church of North India and their Bishop in Mumbai to express my solidarity and that of Anglicans around the world at this time.

"It was only last week that we marked the first anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the public transport system in London so these events give rise to particular feelings of distress and a determination to stand with the victims. It is shocking that such senseless acts of violence against innocent people continue, in Mumbai and other places around the world.

"People of all faiths and none will be joining together over the coming days to deplore the violence and remember those who have died, the injured and those who have lost loved ones. Please be assured of my prayers for God's mercy on the deceased; for grace and fortitude for all the surviving victims; for the selfless dedication of the emergency services and all those working to help people rebuild their lives in the wake of the bombings; and for a deeper peace and harmony in the relations between the communities in the region."

Dr Williams has also written a letter of condolence to the Indian High Commissioner in London.

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