U.S. envoy emphasizes counter-terrorism cooperation with India

08:34, May 11, 2011      

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The U.S. Ambassador to India Timothy J. Roemer Tuesday said that India and the United States have come closer since the Sept. 11 attacks in New York City and Washington DC and Nov. 26 attacks in Mumbai.

He also said that there were no double standards adopted by the United States on the issue of terrorism.

"From Sept. 11 where we lost 3,000 people, about 42 Indians, to Nov. 26 where scores of Indians were slaughtered by terrorists, including six Americans who died on that day, America and India especially over the past two years have come together to share intelligence, in unprecedented ways," Roemer said here.

"The U.S. also shared David Headley and intelligence information related to him with agencies in India. We are working under directions of United States and India to help built capacity here in India, built forensic capabilities, the possibility of new national counter terrorism center, share best practices and expertise, as to how to prevent the next terrorist attack," he added.

Headley is supposedly the mastermind of the Nov. 26 Mumbai attacks. He was arrested last year by FBI in Chicago and is now in U.S. custody. Washington recently decided to indict four more individuals who were related to the Headly case.

He said that the United States helped India in getting Ajmal Kasab -- the lone gunman in the Mumbai attacks captured alive -- convicted for the Mumbai attacks with the help of its Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

"I think that the two countries have come together. They have also come together in so many other ways, like green partnerships, helping to addressing poverty, Afghanistan, on providing food stuff to Africa. U.S. President also pledged his support for UN security Council seat for India," Roemer said.

"This partnership continues to get closer and closer. It has a historic trajectory of global partnership to bring these countries closer in the future too," he added.

Roemer recently resigned from the diplomatic post of ambassador, and is scheduled to leave India in June.

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and U.S. President Barack Obama had a telephone conversation Monday on the international situation following the killing of al-Qaida founder Osama bin Laden last week in Pakistan.

India welcomed the U.S. operation to kill bin Laden and has again called on Pakistan to pursue other terrorists hiding on its soil.

Source: Xinhua
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