India, US to Take Steps for Direct Access to Headley

India and the US have agreed to take suitable steps for direct access to Pakistani-born American national and Lashkar operative David Coleman Headley by Indian investigators for his interrogation about Mumbai terror attacks which he has admitted to be a part of, said media reports.

The development came following a meeting between Solicitor General of India Gopal Subramanium and US Attorney General Eric Holder.

In the meeting, Indian Ambassador to the US Meera Shankar and senior officials of the US Department of Justice were also present. Meeting was following by detailed discussions between the two sides.

“The discussions have resulted in a mutual commitment that there would be the best possible cooperation in our common fight against terrorism,” a statement from the Indian Embassy in Washington said.

“The two partners agreed to take suitable steps to bring about direct access by Indian authorities to David Headley as soon as possible,” it said.

“The partnership between India and the United States recognizes the high priority to be accorded to each country’s national security. Both countries recognized the need for the investigations to reach a fruitful and successful outcome,” the statement added.

(Based on internet reports)

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