The US has agreed to “take suitable steps” to give India direct access soon to LeT operative David Headley who has confessed to his role in the Mumbai terror attacks.
Addressing India’s concerns on the Headley issue, the US move came following a meeting between visiting Solicitor General of India Gopal Subramanium and American Attorney General Eric Holder. Mr. Subramaniam is here to explore all avenues open to India for getting access to the Pakistani-American.
“The two partners agreed to take suitable steps to bring about direct access to Indian authorities to David Headley as soon as possible,” the Indian Embassy said in a statement.
India’s Ambassador to the U.S. Meera Shankar and US Department of Justice representatives were also present at the discussions.
“The discussions have resulted in a mutual commitment that there would be the best possible cooperation in our common fight against terrorism.
“The partnership between India and the United States recognises the high priority to be accorded to each country’s national security. Both countries recognised the need for the investigations to reach a fruitful and successful outcome,” the statement said.
Giving his assessment, Mr. Subramanium said “we are delighted that all concerns have been mutually discussed, mutually clarified and the entire purpose of the visit has been achieved and we have a way forward.”
The Solicitor General said the U.S. move signals the beginning of an era of continued cooperation where information and inputs will have to be shared between different countries which have common threats, common avenues of danger against national security.
“The entire exercise, the attitude, the positivism with which we had our discussions leads me to believe that everyone is going to do his best to make sure that truth is unravelled and that investigations will reach a fairly logical, coherent and successful end,” he added.
Mr. Subramanium said the U.S. government is extremely conscious and viewing India as a partner in the common effort to deal with ‘difficult’ terrorist attacks.