Two days ahead of Indo-Pak talks in which terrorism tops New Delhi’s agenda, FBI director Robert Muller met Indian officials on Tuesday.
In his meetings with National Security Adviser Shivshankar Menon and other senior officials, Muller discussed counter-terrorism cooperation and assured his country’s willingness to share information about David Headley case, said an official on condition of anonymity.
Headley, a Pakistan-born American terror suspect, has been charged by the agency with conspiracy in the 26/11 attacks. He is being tried in a Chicago court.
Though New Delhi has been seeking specific information about Headley’s visits to Indian cities, the US has been selective as some of the details are part of the evidence submitted against Headley. India has been pushing for Pakistan to do more to unravel the complete conspiracy of Mumbai attacks.
“Today’s meetings between FBI director Robert Mueller and Indian government officials are further evidence of the robust and active counter-terror cooperation between the US and India,” Timothy J. Roemer, US ambassador to India, said in a statement.
“Terrorism respects no boundaries, and the recent attack in Pune — where 15 innocent people from around the globe lost their lives — was a stark reminder that terrorists kill without regard for nationality.”
There was need to cooperate globally to protect citizens, he said.
To understand the enormity of securing India’s vast railway system, a team of US rail officials traveled to New Delhi and Mumbai.
Under the state department-sponsored exchange programme, a team of Indian officials then visited New York City and Washington, DC.