New Delhi: The US on Thursday said it will make
sure that justice is delivered to the perpetrators of 26/11
Mumbai terror attacks and that it has conveyed the same to
Briefing reporters about his trip to Pakistan on Tuesday,
US Ambassador Timothy J Roemer said he met President Asif Ali
Zardari and Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi and
discussed a host of regional and international issues
including 26/11 trial and role of India in Afghanistan.
He said he talked to Pakistani leaders about "continued
success to prosecute the Mumbai suspects. I have said this is
not something I come to represent Delhi portfolio but an
American portfolio. We lost six Americans in 26/11 attacks and
America also wants to make sure that justice is delivered."
Roemer described the conversation as "very productive
During his meetings with Pakistani leadership, the US
ambassador also underlined the "critical role" India was
playing in Afghanistan. Before going to Pakistan, Roemer paid
a day-long visit to Afghanistan where he met Indian
Ambassador Jayant Prasad.
Impressed by India`s developmental activities in building
a strong and stable Afghanistan, the US is also in the process
of identifying projects to partner with India, he said.
While Pakistan has repeatedly asked the US to reduce
Indian involvement in Afghanistan, Roemer told Zardari and
Qureshi that the Obama administration considered the Indian
role in the war-torn country as critical and looked forward to
maintaining its partnership with India there.
On the response of Pakistan to the US` views, Roemer said
it was "thoughtful and considered" and "....hopefully positive
Participating in multifarious reconstruction activities
in Afghanistan ranging from building roads, bridges and power
stations to quick gestation grassroots projects, India had
pledged for US dollars 1.3 billion, making it the biggest
regional donor to that country.