19 Jul 2009

Clinton urges global fight against terror

6:16 am on 19 July 2009

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has called for a global fight against terrorism after paying tribute to victims of last year's attacks in Mumbai.

Mrs Clinton on Saturday linked the attacks in November which left 166 people dead to those in the United States on September 11, 2001 and in two hotel bombings in Jakarta on Friday.

At a news conference at the Taj Mahal Palace and Tower Hotel, where 31 guests and staff lost their lives during the siege, she said:

"These events are seared in our collective memory.

"Yesterday's bombings in Jakarta, Indonesia, provide a painful reminder that the threat of such violent extremism is still very real. It's global, ruthless, it's nihilistic and it must be stopped."

Mrs Clinton told Times Now television that she chose the Taj to send a message of solidarity with the hotel employees and the people of Mumbai.

"The terrorists who may have tragically taken lives, but did not destroy the spirit (and) resilience of the people of this city or nation," she said.