India and the United States of America (USA) will strengthen their cooperation in addressing the widening threat from the Pakistan-based terrorist outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), which was behind the Mumbai terrorist attack.
A road map for countering the threat in the South Asia as well as Europe is expected to be in place when Federal Bureau of Investigation chief (FBI) Robert Muller arrives for discussions in May.
And the homeland security dialogue between Home Minister P Chidambaram and US homeland security secretary Janet Napolitano is expected to take place in the first week of June, government sources told HT.
LeT had declared jihad against the West in the past.
The LeT which had declared jihad against the West in the past has made the US increasingly wary.
“There will be greater focus on intelligence sharing, and capacity-building aspects to counter the LeT threat that has immense national security implications for the country,” said an official about the visit of the FBI director.
Muller is likely to meet senior Indian officials, including the national security advisor Shivshankar Menon.
Sources said the US has been seeking assistance from the South Asian countries, including Bangladesh, Nepal, Maldives and Pakistan, to counter the threat.
In fact, admiral Robert Willard, commander of the US Pacific Command testifying before the armed Services Committee of the US Senate, had spoken about the threat from the LeT.
“We know that Lashkar-e-Taiba is currently laid down throughout South Asia. We're currently working in Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Maldives and India in order to build those nations' capacities or assist in building their capacities to attempt to contain LeT in those areas,” he said last week.