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Response of Ambassador Meera Shankar on a question regarding visit of the NIA

In response to a question from PTI regarding the visit of the NIA team, the Indian Ambassador Meera Shankar said that the Government of India had requested the Government of the United States of America for access to question US national, David Coleman Headley, who has been charged for his role in the planning of the Mumbai terrorist attack of November 26, 2008.

Following discussions with US Attorney General, Eric Holder, a team from the National Investigation Agency of India has visited the US for questioning David Headley.

This took place over several days, beginning from June 3, 2010, and the team is now returning to India on the conclusion of a useful visit. The Government of India attaches importance to this in investigating the full dimension of this heinous act of terrorist violence.

The support and cooperation extended by the US authorities is appreciated and is in keeping with the commitment of the two countries to strengthen their cooperation in meeting the challenge of terrorism.