FBI good partner in investigating terrorist crime: Chidambaram
Union Home Minister P Chidambaram today said that Federal Bureau of Investigation, the premier intelligence agency of the US, is a good partner with India in investigating terrorist crimes.india Updated: Sep 11, 2009 08:55 IST
Union Home Minister P Chidambaram on Friday said that Federal Bureau of Investigation, the premier intelligence agency of the US, is a good partner with India in investigating terrorist crimes.
"The FBI has been very helpful to India in the Mumbai case in the analysis of DNA samples, in decoding the GPS
instruments. Two of their officers have deposed before a Mumbai court," he said.
"So obviously, FBI is a good partner in investigating terrorist crimes and good partner for sharing terrorist
related intelligence which effects either India or the United States," he added.
The Indian agencies would continue to maintain their relationship with the FBI and that is mutually beneficial to
both countries, Chidambaram said.
On the question of level of intelligence sharing between the two countries, he said it has been pretty good. "Even
today, when there is actionable intelligence, it is shared by the US agencies with the Indian agencies. We share any
intelligence that we have vis-à-vis the United States and this would continue," Chidambaram said.
On his meeting with the Treasury Secretary, Timothy Geithner, Chidambaram said money laundering would be one of
the issues to be discussed with him today before he leaves Washington on his way back home via New York.
Noting that India’s membership to the FATF (Financial Action Task Force) is an issue, Chidambaram said the US has
already promised that they would support and quicken India's membership to FATF.
"Although it does not quite follow under my jurisdiction immediately, but since I started the process of acquiring the membership of FATF, I would mention this to Secretary Geithner and we would exchange views about the economic situation," he said.