Mounting pressure on Pakistan, the US today asked it to ensure "swift and lengthy" punishment to the perpetrators of Mumbai attacks, including LeT founder Hafiz Saeed, and dismantle terror infrastructure existing there.
US Ambassador Timothy J Roemer, who met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Home Minister P Chidambaram here, said that going after Saeed, described by India as the mastermind of the 26/11 attacks, and ending terror infrastructure were "extremely important".
During his first meeting with Singh since his appointment here, Roemer discussed issues related to the Prime Minister's visits to the US for G-20 meeting in Pittsburg next week and subsequently to Washington in November.
Singh will be the first foreign dignitary to undertake a bilateral visit to Washington since President Barack Obama assumed office in January.
"Swift and lengthy punishment for six suspects of Mumbai attacks in Pakistan is important for the US and India," Roemer told reporters after his meeting with Chidambaram.
"Going after Hafiz Saeed and dismantling terror infrastructure in that region is extremely important for both US and India," said the envoy who discussed issues related to security cooperation with Chidamabaram.
Roemer's comments assume significance as these came ahead of the meeting of Foreign Ministers and Foreign Secretaries of India and Pakistan in New York on the margins of the UN General Assembly session to discuss the status of investigations by Pakistan in Mumbai attacks case.
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