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Pak admission on Mumbai attacks, first Important step: US

Pak admission on Mumbai attacks, first Important step: US

Author: PTI
Publication: The Times of India
Date: February 13, 2009.
URL: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Pak-admission-on-Mumbai-attacks-first-important-step-US/articleshow/4123666.cms

The US on Friday termed Pakistan's admission that the Mumbai attacks were launched from its soil as an "important first step in the right direction" and said it will "watch and help" to ensure that Islamabad completes the investigation and prosecution in the case.

"I think it is very upward looking, important first step in the right direction," US Ambassador David C. Mulford told reporters on the sidelines of a function organised by FICCI.

Mulford said that Pakistan's response to the Indian dossier on the Mumbai strikes was a "beginning of a process" that they "accept and are willing" to proceed on the material provided by New Delhi.

"We will all wait and watch and help to ensure that they do go forward and complete their investigation and prosecution," he said.

Mulford appreciated Indian reaction to Pakistan's probe in the Mumbai attacks and said that the US also viewed Islamabad's response as "very positive."

He said the Indian dossier was an example of the growing cooperation in counter-terrorism between the US and India and noted that the FBI had played a key role in investigating the Mumbai attacks as American
nationals were also killed.

Mulford said the relationship with India will remain a top priority for the new Barack Obama administration which assumed office last month.

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