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US seeks India's help in war against terrorism

August 18, 2005 17:07 IST

Concerned at recurring terror strikes in different countries, including the  serial blasts in Bangladesh on Wednesday, the United States on Thursday sought assistance from  India and other countries in its global fight against the scourge.

''The USA has gone on a global war against terrorism. We spend a lot of time and money on this. We hope to receive assistance from other countries, including India,'' US ambassador to India David C Mulford told newspersons in Kolkata.

Mulford, who called on Chief Minister Buddhadev Bhattacharjee at the Writers Buildings during the day, condemned the serial blasts in Bangladesh saying 'these type of activities are regrettable, unacceptable, irrespective of whether it takes place in New York city or Bangladesh.'

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Fighting terrorism, he said, is a 'high priority initiative' of the US government.

However, he did not discuss Bangladesh blasts or Al Qaeda's alleged activities in Kolkata, during his hour-long meeting with Bhattacharjee. Instead, the envoy, accompanied by the new Consul General in Kolkata Henry Jardine dwelt on Foreign Direct Investment issues and agricultural development in the state.

''We discussed about economic issues and FDI in a broad perspective. We talked about technologies and agriculture. We also talked of the agricultural development achieved by the state.''


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