India and U.S. discuss safety measures

Indian Home Minister P. Chidambaram and U.S. Homeland Security advisor Janet Napolitano recently discussed the coordination between India and the U.S. on meeting terror threats like the ones faced during the 2008 Mumbai attacks.

Napolitano and Chidambaram spoke about the terrorist capabilities of the Lashkar-e-Taliba group, the future of terrorism training in India and the recent Pakistan raid on Osama bin Laden in Abottabad, IBN Live reports.

"In my judgment as Homeland Security, LeT ranks right up there with al Qaeda and Al Qaeda related groups," Napolitano said, according to IBN Live. "The LeT organisation is of the same ranking as the Al Qaeda groups. (The) United States and India face common threats and together we must share common approaches. We are here to talk about strategic partnership between India and US. But that strategic partnership is only going to intensify.”

Chidambaram and Napolitano also spoke about intelligence sharing and the cooperation required in future terror investigations.

"There is a perception in India that the United States exercises a strong influence on the country that is the hub of global terror," Chidambaram said, according to IBN Live. "There is great political and public expectation about Indo-US cooperation on counter terrorism. The vast infrastructure of terrorism in Pakistan has long flourished as an instrument of state policy."

Some of the demands facing India include getting access to the accused 26/11 attacker Tahawur Rana and the details on the Abottabad raid. Six months ago, India stated its disappointment with the extent of the information shared on David Headley, the Pakistani-American accused of being a part of the Mumbai attacks.

Hilary Clinton, the United States secretary of state, will visit India in July.