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US offers to help Varanasi blast probe

December 08, 2010 15:42 IST

Condemning the terror strike in Varanasi, the United States offered India help in investigating the brutal attacks.
 
US Ambassador to India Timothy Roemer made the offer during a meeting with National Security Adviser Shivshankar Menon in New Delhi on Wednesday morning.
 
"The US offers whatever assistance the Indian government would be willing to accept in this difficult ocassion," Roemer told reporters after meeting Menon.
  
He said the US can help Indian investigators in forensic examination and spot detection efforts in the
aftermath of the blast.
  
"We are willing to do whatever we can," Roemer said.
  
Recalling his recent visit to Varanasi, the American envoy offered his heartfelt condolences to the people of India and to the victims of the "deplorable and cowardly attack".
   
"I can visualise what exactly happened there last night," he said, recalling his participation in one of the
'aartis' on the banks of river Ganga.
  
"The brutal terrorist attacks accomplish nothing, the message of death and destruction accomplish nothing and the US stands shoulder to shoulder with the people of India and the people of Varanasi, who we knowm, will show the spirit of tolerance ... and quickly resolve to find who attacked them and who did it," he said.

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