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PRESS RELEASE - Ambassador Nirupama Rao meets Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr.

Washington, DC

                Ambassador Nirupama Rao met the US Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. on February 21, 2012, at the US Department of Justice, Washington DC.

                Extending a warm welcome to Ambassador Rao, Attorney General Holder referred to the excellent relations between India and the US and hoped that these would further improve during the tenure of the Ambassador. Attorney General and Ambassador Rao discussed the growing India-US cooperation in diverse fields including Counter Terrorism and mutual legal assistance in crime-related matters. Underscoring the crucial importance of cooperation in the investigation of the Mumbai terror attacks, Ambassador Rao expressed the hope that  a few important aspects of the request for assistance in this regard would be fulfilled soon.  This assumes importance in view of the need of bringing the main culprits to book without delay.  Attorney General Holder assured all possible assistance as provided within the framework of US law in this regard and underscored the importance the US attached to counter terrorism cooperation with India .

              Attorney General Holder and Ambassador Rao also discussed issues relating to cooperation in anti piracy.

              Both sides highlighted the importance of continued dialogue in areas of mutual interest and resolved to strengthen their mutual cooperation in this regard.