Ahead of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s visit to Washington, the US said that the Lashkar-e-Tayyeba had evolved from a “regional threat to global terror group”.
US Ambassador to India Timothy J Roemer asked Pakistan to act against perpetrators of the 26/11 terror strikes, including Jamaat-ud Dawa chief Hafiz Saeed.
“We have experienced 9/11. India has experienced 26/11. We will continue to work shoulder-to-shoulder, hand in hand and hour by hour in fighting terrorism,” Roemer said at a press conference on Wednesday.
“The seven Mumbai suspects should be brought to justice in Pakistan... We need to see action and results from our partners in Pakistan,” he said.
Pakistan, Roemer said, should recognise the dangers and dismantle the terror infrastructure existing on its soil.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and US President Barack Obama would be discussing the situation in Pakistan, the Mumbai attacks, cooperation in counter-terrorism when they meet in Washington next week. Climate change, education and poverty-alleviation would also be discussed.
The two sides are expected to unveil a new relationship based on strategic partnership to meet global challenges.
On cooperation in counter terrorism between India and the US, Roemer said the collaboration like information sharing is taking place even on hourly basis.
Roemer said the implementation of the Indo-US civil nuclear deal was delayed, as the two countries were yet to resolve three issues: enactment of liability legislation by India, negotiations on setting up of dedicated reprocessing facility in India and licensing aspects.
“We are optimistic that all the three issues will be resolved soon... We are pushing hard to implement the agreement.”
He said Singh and Obama would discuss the issue in Washington.