'No two set of rules for dealing with 26/11 and 9/11'
"I respectfully and strongly disagree with you," Roemer told mediapersons at the Gandhi ashram in Ahmedabad while answering a query on whether the US was adopting double standards on the issue."From 9/11 where we lost 3000 people, about 42 Indians, to 26/11 where scores of Indians were slaughtered by terrorists, including six Americans who died on that day, America and India especially over the past two years have come together to share intelligence, in unprecedented ways," Roemer, who is on a day's visit to the city, said.
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Image: The north tower of the World Trade Centre after the 9/11 attack. The doom of the Taj Mahal hotel is seen engulfed in smoke during the Mumbai terror attacks
'FBI helped in getting Kasab convicted'
He further said that the US, through the Federal Bureau of Investigation also helped India in getting Ajmal Kasab convicted for the Mumbai attacks.
"I think that the two countries have come together. They have also come together in so many other ways, like green partnerships, helping to addressing poverty, Afghanistan, on providing foodstuff to Africa. US President also pledged his support for United Nations security Council seat for India," Roemer said.
"This partnership continues to get closer and closer. It has a historic trajectory of global partnership to bring these countries closer in the future too," he added.
Image: 26/11 terrorist Ajmal Kasab
Photographs: Kind Courtesy: Sebastian D'Souza/Mumbai Mirror
'US putting pressure on Pak to target both Qaeda, LeT'
"Individuals from the US government at the highest levels have been telling the government of Pakistan that you are a good partner, you are concentrating more on extremism, in your country, but you need to do more. You (Pakistan) need to not only target the Al Qaeda, but also target Lashkar-e-Tayiba," Roemer said.
The outgoing envoy said that the US in the last few weeks has decided to indict four more individuals with regard to the Headly case, who is an accused in 26/11 Mumbai attacks and a case is going on against him in the US.
"One of those men had connections and support from a certain organisation in Pakistan gives us great concern," he added, without taking name of one Major Iqbal who was among the four reportedly charge sheeted by the US government in connection with the Headley case.
"You can see from those indictments and other activities that the targets that US and India share in terms of LeT and individuals being indicted, are more and more common," Roemer said.
'Indo-US partnership extraordinarily strong since 26/11'
"I believe that there is very healthy, good, vibrant day to day, hour to hour and minute to minute intelligence sharing with the government of India. This occurred both prior to 26/11 and post the event," he said.
He said that the sharing of intelligence has been taking place during the time of the Commonwealth Games, President Obama's visit to India and during the ICC Cricket World Cup.
"This shows shoulder-to-shoulder cooperation between the two countries. This cooperation needs to go both ways. This partnership is strong, global in nature, and security partnership between the two countries on intelligence post 26/11 is extraordinarily strong," Roemer said.
Image: US President Barack Obama with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh
Photographs: Jason Reed/Reuters