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Menon discusses attack probe with officials

world Updated: Dec 03, 2008 22:44 IST
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Foreign Secretary Shivshankar Menon met US Deputy Secretary of State John Negroponte and Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs William Burns on Tuesday on the second day of a two-day visit to Washington.

“The meetings covered a range of bilateral issues, including counterterrorism cooperation, anti-piracy coordination, the India-US civil nuclear agreement, defence trade, space cooperation and furthering economic and investment relations,” the Indian Embassy said in a press release.

The investigations into the terrorist attacks in Mumbai were discussed, said a State Department official, speaking on condition of anonymity. “The United States is in listening mode on what assistance India might need” to deter such attacks, the official said.

Menon also met a number of congressional leaders and opinion makers at think-tanks and elsewhere, the embassy said. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi called Menon to convey her condolences.

Among those Menon met on the Hill were Steny Hoyer, House majority leader; Christopher Dodd, chairman of the Senate Banking Committee and a senior member of the Foreign Relations Committee; Richard Lugar, ranking minority member of the Foreign Relations Committee; and committee member Chuck Hagel. Menon also spoke with John Kerry, chairman of the Foreign Relations subcommittee on the Near East and Central and South Asia.