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Manmohan likely to discuss LeT activities, Hafiz Saeed with Obama in meet today

Manmohan and Obama are expected to discuss the status of the relationship between the two countries, and also a roadmap for future.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who is in the US to attend the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), is slated to meet US President Barack Obama in Washington on Friday. After his arrival in Washington, Prime Minister addressed reporters, terming US as an important strategic partner.

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Both the leaders are expected to discuss the status of the relationship between the two countries, and also a roadmap for future. They are also likely to discuss the issue of terrorism.

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Meanwhile, against the backdrop of terror strikes in Jammu, India’s concerns over continued activities of Lashkar-e-Taiba emanating from Pakistan and freedom to Jamaat-ud-Dawa chief Hafiz Saeed are also expected to figure in the talks.

Giving this indication, Indian Ambassador to the US Nirupama Rao on Friday said India will articulate its concerns over continued cross-border terrorism, particularly since LeT is now a part of global terror network and endangers more than one country.

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“We haven’t let this matter go off the radar. This issue concerning Lashkar-e-Taiba and activities of Hafiz Saeed are very much on the agenda of discussions that we have with the US at every given opportunity,” she said in her pre-meeting briefing to reporters.

She was responding when asked whether the activities of LeT and Hafiz Saeed would be raised by the Prime Minister during the talks with Obama considering that the US had declared a reward of USD 10 million for him and the meeting is taking place against the backdrop of yesterday’s twin terror strikes in Jammu.

Denying any dilution of its stand on LeT and Hafiz Saeed, Rao said, “The issue of cross-border terrorism and the threat we continue to face in our homeland on this issue is a very great concern.”

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