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'Staying at Taj was a 'message' to terrorists'

world Updated: Jul 21, 2009 20:56 IST

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US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has said that by staying at the Taj Hotel in Mumbai, targeted during 26/11 attacks, she wanted to send the message that the US and India will work together to "stamp out" terrorism and are "not giving in" to terrorists.

"I wanted to start in Mumbai and I wanted to stay here (at Taj), and I wanted to show our sympathy and solidarity for the people who lost their lives and were injured in the terrorist attack and for those who courageously prevented more deaths and injury," she said.

She wanted to "make it very clear" that "we're going to work together to stamp out the scourge of terrorism," Clinton said in an interview recorded in Mumbai for the "On the Record" programme of Fox News channel.

"I think part of staying here, part of the message that I want to send is that, just like we did after 9/11, we are not giving in. We are not in any way intimidated by the terrorists," the 61-year-old top American diplomat said.

She said she was "very anxious" to come to India.

"We waited until after their elections were over, which we thought appropriate. And then as soon as I could, I scheduled a trip to come and talk to the leaders about all the issues that we are going to work on together," Clinton said.