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Armed with evidence, Chidambaram to visit US

January 03, 2009 18:06 IST

As part of efforts to drum up international pressure for nailing Islamabad's [Images] lies, Home Minister P Chidambaram [Images] will travel to the US next week armed with evidence about involvement of Pakistan-based terrorists in the Mumbai attacks.

"I will be going to the US next week. The dates are being finalised," Chidambaram said.

Asked about his mission, he said the Ministry of External Affairs has prepared dossiers on evidence relating to Mumbai [Images] attacks and he would discuss them with his interlocutors in Washington. Details are being finalised, Chidambaram said.

The Home Minister is expected to meet US Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff and possibly Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice [Images]. A meeting with members of transition team of President-elect Barack Obama [Images] is also likely.

Chidambaram's discussions with American leaders could cover a broad ambit including the steps taken by the Bush Administration in the aftermath of 9/11 attacks after a lot of critical self-appraisal.

US Ambassador [Images] to India David C Mulford today met Chidambaram, apparently to tie up details regarding his visit. 

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