US Senator John Kerry to meet Manmohan Singh todayDecember 15th, 2008 - 11:28 am ICT by ANI
New Delhi, Dec 15 (ANI): US Senator John Kerry will meet Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh here today.
Kerry, who arrived here on Sunday, is expected to hold discussions on the situation arising out of the Mumbai terror strikes.
During his visit, Kerry is also scheduled to meet External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee and other leaders.
Kerry’’s visit to India comes a couple of days after the trip by US Deputy Secretary of State John Negroponte who reiterated Washington’’s message to Islamabad to “act forcefully” and to bring perpetrators of the Mumbai attacks to book.
Negroponte’’s visit came days after his boss Condoleezza Rice told Indian leaders she saw evidence of involvement from Pakistani soil, possibly of non-state actors, in the three-day rampage in India’’s financial capital by 10 heavily armed gunmen. The United States has pressured Pakistan to reign in those responsible and dismantle militant networks it has used in the past to fight India. India blames Pakistan-based outlawed Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militant group for the attack on Mumbai and earlier ones, including a raid by gunmen on the Parliament in 2001. Reacting to global pressure, Pakistan has detained several Islamist militant leaders India wants extradited and cracked down on LeT and a charity regarded as its front after sanctions by the United Nations this week. (ANI)
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