Meeting for the first time,US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Foreign Secretary Shivshankar Menon on Monday agreed on the need to take all necessary steps to make sure there is no repeat of a Mumbai-type attack.
During the meeting at the State Departments Foggy Bottom headquarters,the first high-level contact for India with the Obama Administration,Clinton also said the two countries needed to ramp up their cooperation in bilateral and global issues including climate change and counter-terrorism.
State Department Acting Spokesman Robert Wood during his daily press briefing told reporters that the Mumbai attack figured during the meeting. Shortly before the meeting,the US pressed Pakistan to do more to bring to justice the people responsible for the carnage. Well,I think overall our assessment has been that Pakistan has been providing some helpful information,but clearly,you know,more can be done… Whats critical here is that we do everything in our power to try to bring the folks who were responsible for those attacks to justice, he added.
Referring to the discussion,Wood said: I think the way they discussed the issue was the fact that weve got to do what we can to try to prevent these types of attacks from happening again.
Menon conveyed Indias perception of the problems in Afghanistan,Pakistans border areas and the Sri Lankan conflict to the US State Department functionary,it is learnt.