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Menon, Clinton discuss progress into Mumbai probe

world Updated: Mar 10, 2009 11:50 IST

In the first high-level contact with the Obama administration, Foreign Secretary Shivshankar Menon on Tuesday discussed with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and other officials the progress in the probe into Mumbai attacks and the security situation in the region.

Menon, who is on a four-day visit to the US, met Clinton at the State Department and briefed her about the ongoing probe into Mumbai terror attacks, besides exchanging perceptions on counter-terrorism, Afghanistan and the Sri Lankan conflict."The meeting lasted for about half an hour. Among key issues discussed at the meeting included Sri Lanka, non-proliferation, counter-terrorism including Mumbai and Afghanistan," a State Department official told PTI.

The US has been asking Pakistan to have a transparent probe into the Mumbai attacks and bring to book the perpetrators of the crime. A US FBI team had visited Pakistan last week to assist in the probe.

Yielding to intense international pressure, Pakistan had last month admitted that the Mumbai terror attacks were 'partly' plotted on its soil and launched from its shores for which it has arrested six persons.

During the talks Menon had with US National Security Adviser General James Jones, the two countries agreed that military strategies alone are not enough to bring lasting peace to war-torn Afghanistan.