US on Headley issue: Expect India to live up to responsibility
With Indian officials going public with what LeT operative David Headley had told investigators, the US today said it fully expects "both countries to live up to their respective responsibilities".world Updated: Jul 22, 2010 09:53 IST
With Indian officials going public with what LeT operative David Headley had told investigators, the US on Thursday said it fully expects "both countries to live up to their respective responsibilities".
Amid reports that the Obama administration was upset over Indian officials going into the details provided by Headley, State Department spokesman P J Crowley said the US values cooperation with India on combating terrorism but it places responsibility on both countries.
"We fully expect both countries to live up to their respective responsibilities," Crowley told reporters at his daily news conference.
Crowley was responding to a question about an Indian media report that stated that the US is upset about the statements coming out from senior Indian officials, revealing details of information the Mumbai terror suspect provided to Indian interrogators recently.
At the conclusion of the questioning of Headley by Indian investigators on June 10, the US Justice Department had said: "To protect the confidentiality of the investigations being conducted by both India and the US, both countries have agreed not to disclose the contents of the interviews".
American officials have reportedly expressed concern that public discussions on Headley could adversely affect the case against him in the United States.
"We value the cooperation between India and the United States on law enforcement and combating terrorism; it's important. It does place responsibilities on both countries," Crowley said.
Union Home Secretary G K Pillai had disclosed last week that Headley had confirmed that Pakistan's ISI was involved with 26/11 "from beginning to end".
This was followed by National Security Advisor Shivshankar Menon speaking on "the links between the official establishment and existing intelligence agencies" in Pakistan as revealed by Headley.
"If anything, it is getting stronger," Menon had said.
Crowley said the US is aware about such statements but restrained from responding in detail.
"I'm just going to simply say that our cooperation is significant. It is a vital dimension of our relationship. It's important for both sides. In this cooperation there are responsibilities that we both have, and I'll leave it there".