Krishna pushes for Headley's access

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Washington, June 4 : External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna pushed US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to provide access to authorities to David Coleman Headley, accused in the Mumbai attacks and now in the custody of the U.S. according to a report in the 'hindu'. He also pushed for relaxation of export control restrictions by the U.S. on high-tech goods  brought by India.

He expressed his opinion while addressing a gathering organized for the Indian contingent in their honour on the first day of India-US strategic dialogue.

In a clear indication of India's frustration over the lack of progress in the Headley case in the last two months , Mr. Krishna said, “ access for our authorities to persons who have been apprehended by your government in connection with the Mumbai terror attack is the logical next step".

Mr. Krishna further added: “We are confident that our continued cooperation will lead to realization of this objective." He however make note of  valued support  India had received from the U.S. government in its investigations.

Ms Clinton, hoped this Dialogue will increase level of confidence that India and the U.S. have established between themselves, they would “confront these challenges directly and candidly."

Ms. Clinton also reiterated the earlier statement from the U.S. side regarding India having a central role in any future plans for reforming the United Nations Security Council.

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