Singh, Obama to discuss coop in fight against terror

Singh, Obama to discuss coop in fight against terror

Tokyo: Against the backdrop of David Headley case, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and US President Barack Obama are expected to discuss ways to step up cooperation in fight against terror, with the specific focus on preventing further attacks like 26/11.

The case relating to Pakistani-American Headley, a Lashkar-e-Taiba operative who admitted his involvement in the Mumbai attacks, has been marked by active cooperation with the US sharing with India details regarding his activities that came to light after his arrest in October last year.

Sources said Singh and Obama will not discuss the specific case of Headley as there has already been “unprecedented" cooperation on it. They are, however, expected to discuss cooperation in fight against terrorism and ways to prevent attacks.

Recent media reports have suggested that the US had known about Headley’s plans to target Mumbai prior to 26/11 but this information was not passed on to India.

The US says it had given the information but India says it was general and not specific.

The issue of export control regime with regard to dual-use technology by the US is also expected to figure in the talks between Singh and Obama in New Delhi on November 8.

India wants all restrictions on dual-use items to be lifted and the US has promised to look into it.

“There is equal enthusiasm on both sides. A lot of progress has been made with regard to re-categorisation of such items with an eye on the Obama visit," a source said.

The progress is expected to be reflected in the Joint Statement that will be issued after the meeting.