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US intelligence head meets Chidambaram

March 18, 2010 17:11 IST

US' Director National Intelligence Dennis C Blair on Thursday met Home Minister P Chidambaram and is understood to have discussed issues related to terrorism emanating from Afghanistan-Pakistan region.

Blair was accompanied by a delegation of US Secret Service and Ambassador Timothy J Roemer.

Prior to his meeting with Chidambaram, Blair held a meeting with Intelligence Bureau Director Rajiv Mathur about the scenario of threat posed by terrorists and ways to counter these.

The two sides are understood to have discussed the issue of terrorism that continues to emanate from Pakistan and threatening India as well as many other parts of the world.

Blair recently said Pakistan was using militant groups like Lashkar-e-Tayiba as strategic tools against India.

Pakistan's conviction that "militant groups are an important part of its strategic arsenal to counter India's military and economic advantages will continue to limit its incentive to pursue an across-the-board effort against extremism," he told the Select Committee on Intelligence.

He had said Pakistan continues to support and maintain ties with terror groups having links to the Afghan Taliban, including the Haqqani network, despite taking action against militants in the country.