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Mueller favours intelligence sharing

Vinay Kumar

— Photo: R.V. Moorthy

FBI Director Robert Mueller comes out after meeting National Security Adviser M.K. Narayanan in New Delhi on Tuesday.

NEW DELHI: Federal Bureau of Investigation Director Robert Mueller met Home Minister P. Chidambaram here on Tuesday and discussed security and terrorism-related issues.

Mr. Mueller’s visit comes after India and the U.S. shared details of intelligence on and investigations into the 26/11 Mumbai terror strikes — a joint effort which led Pakistan to admit that a part of the conspiracy was hatched on its soil.

The FBI chief also met National Security Adviser M.K. Narayanan and Intelligence Bureau chief Rajiv Mathur to exchange views on security issues, including countering terrorism, official sources said.

Describing his discussions with the Home Minister and the NSA as “extremely beneficial,” Mr. Mueller said the focus of his discussions was terrorism around the world, most particularly the Mumbai attack, in which 170 people, including six Americans, were killed.

“We have seen unprecedented cooperation between our various agencies both during the Mumbai attacks and after it. Each of us is intent on assuring that those responsible are brought to justice. Throughout the world, those of us in positions such as I have in my agency — and others in similar agencies — must face the threat of terrorism,” Mr. Mueller said in a statement here.

Referring to the terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team in Pakistan, he said five Pakistani police officers lost their lives in the attack. Asserting that terrorism was not an issue for one country, the FBI chief said it was an issue across the world.

“To be successful, we all have to work together, share intelligence and utilise our various judicial systems to bring to justice those responsible for these attacks,” he added.

He said the FBI would continue to work with its counterparts in India as well as around the world to make sure that “we not only bring these persons to justice, but also prevent further attacks.”

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