Access to Headley `just a matter of working out modalities`: US

The US on Wednesday said it was just a "matter of working out modalities" before Indian investigators get access to Mumbai terror attack accused David Headley.

Updated: Apr 28, 2010, 18:32 PM IST

Thimphu: The US on Wednesday said it was just a
"matter of working out modalities" before Indian investigators
get access to Mumbai terror attack accused David Headley.

"Negotiations are on but I don`t think there is any
political problem at all. We are working at the very highest
levels, for example between our Attorney General and your Home
Minister (P Chidambaram), so this is just a matter of working
out modalities," US Secretary of State for South and Central
Asian Affairs Robert Blake said here.

"This is not just government to government thing.
Headley`s lawyers are involved in it, so we have to have his
agreement," Blake said when he was told that India was yet to
get access to 49-year-old Pakistani-American LeT operative
Headley.

He stated this on the margins of the eight-nation SAARC
summit, which the US is attending as an observer.

Asked about India`s concern on Lashkar-e-Taiba`s presence
in Pakistan and the need to indulge in same kind of action
against the terrorist outfit as seen against the Taliban in
Swat and Waziristan, Blake said the US felt the same.

"This is high priority for US and it should be a priority
for US as these groups not only threaten India but the US and
other countries and have potential to threaten Pakistan too.

"So I think Pakistan has an interest in abiding by its
own pledge that it will not allow its territory to be used by
any terrorist organisation," he told a private news channel.

Blake said though he was happy by the progress made in
Swat and South Waziristan against the Taliban, whose some key
leaders have been arrested, but he thinks that progress should
also include action against groups like LeT and
Jaish-e-Mohammed.

PTI