Coming close on the heels of India sharing key evidence on the Mumbai train blasts, the US has decided to boost cooperation with India on counter-terrorism.
Undersecretary of State Nicholas Burns will lead a large delegation of officials to New Delhi next month for discussions to upgrade the present level of cooperation under the auspices of the Joint Working Group on Counter-terrorism.
Disclosing the decision to enhance this cooperation, Burns told Indian correspondents on Friday: "We owe this to India because we are friends and strategic partners…I want to say that because we do have great sympathy for what has happened in India.."
Burns informed that the Bush administration was determined to see that the Senate takes up the Indo-US nuclear deal legislation for debate and vote in the "lame duck session" following the November 7 Congressional elections. Burns spoke about consultations with both Republican and Democratic leadership and said: "We hope they will schedule it. We hope this is going to be voted upon."