India PM honours Brussels victims with wreath at metro station


Brussels (AFP)

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said his country shared Belgium's pain over the Brussels attacks as he added a wreath of white flowers to a sea of tributes outside Maalbeek metro station.

Flanked by Belgian Foreign Minister Didier Reynders, Modi bowed his head and clasped his hands together in tribute to the victims of the March 22 suicide blasts, which struck a train at the station and the city's airport.

An Indian citizen, a 31-year-old IT worker, was among the 32 people killed in Belgium's worst-ever terror attacks.

"Last week has been a sad week for Belgium," Modi said in a speech alongside his Belgian counterpart Charles Michel.

"Having experienced terrorist violence ourselves on countless occasions, we share your pain," he said.

"In this time of crisis, the whole of India stands in full support and solidarity with the Belgian people."

Modi was in town for a one-day EU-India summit, with talks on improving counter-terrorism cooperation high on the agenda.

Both Brussels airport and Maalbeek metro station have remained closed since the attacks.