Close on the heels of the United States announcing a $10 million bounty on Hafiz Saeed, mastermind of the 26/11 Mumbai attacks and Lashkar-e-Taiba founder, it is poised to take bilateral relations with India to the next level. Top intelligence officials and security heads of the two countries will meet in New Delhi on April 20.
As part of a global strategic partnership that was initiated in 2010, six core issues will be on the agenda in the thematic group-level discussion — including counter-terrorism, terror financing, fake currency and cyber crime.
While India will be represented by Union home secretary RK Singh, the US side will be led by Jane Holl Lute, deputy secretary, US Homeland Security.
The secretary-level talks are taking place in the wake of successful joint secretary-level talks between the two sides about two months ago in New Delhi. Senior officials of the home ministry and top intelligence officials from both sides will participate in the discussion.
This phase of the process will culminate in home ministry-level talks, the dates for which will be decided later. Home minister P Chidambaram and US Homeland Security secretary Janet Napolitano will lead their respective delegations.
Two days before the meet, on April 18, home secretary RK Singh will lead an Indian team in talks with a high-level German delegation. According to sources, the Indo-German talks will focus on mechanisms as well as technology to ensure proper security of nuclear weapons.