New Delhi, Mar 1: President Ram Nath Kovind, the Supreme Commander of Indian armed forces, on Friday late evening welcomed the safe return of Wg Cdr Abhinandan Varthaman and said the nation is proud of his "courage and sense of duty".
"Welcome home Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, India is proud of your courage and sense of duty, and above all your dignity. Wishing you and our entire Air Force every success in the future" President tweeted.
In a missive Prime Minister Narendra Modi also lauded Wing Commander Abhinandan for his display of exemplary courage. Meanwhile, in a clear message of support in India's ongoing battle against terror, the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) presidency said "everything" will be done to ensure that the perpetrators of the terrible Pulwama attack are punished.
"France, which assumes the presidency of the United Nations Security Council today, will do everything it can to ensure that the perpetrators of the terrible Pulwama attack are punished," said a statement from French Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drian.
France will be heading the world's key security platform under the aegis of UN for a month. The French Minister's statement further said - "I welcome the easing of tensions between India and Pakistan and the release of the Indian pilot held in Pakistan".
"I applaud the two governments’ decision to exercise restraint and responsibility and encourage them to resume their bilateral dialogue. Today I reiterate our solidarity with India in the fight against all forms of terrorism".
In a boost to India's diplomatic efforts, France, the US and UK have already moved a proposal to blacklist JeM chief Masood Azhar.
The proposal will be taken up by the UNSC at the earliest. UNI