A year after terrorists struck Mumbai via the sea route, United States Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus arrived here today on a four-day visit to India to discuss cooperation on challenging maritime security issues.

Mr Mabus will meet officials in Mumbai and New Delhi during his visit, an American consulate release said here.

"Arriving in India on the anniversary of the terrorist attack on Mumbai makes our discussions particularly relevant and highlights the shared challenges facing our two great nations and the global community," Mr Mabus said.

"I am confident that the greater cooperation and information sharing between our two countries in the wake of Mumbai will lead to a safer, more secure world," he said.

He said that for the past one year there has been reinforced cooperation among American, Indian, and international law enforcement agencies which are working together to defeat global terrorism and this collaboration is "unprecedented".

"The attack on Mumbai was a tragedy that demonstrated the constant threat and unrepentant evil of international terrorism. Our hearts remain with the families of those killed, with all those who suffered and with the city that has had to confront the grim spectre of terror," he said.

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