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    Ahead of the visit of U.S. President Barack Obama to India next week, the White House has identified New Delhi as one of its best counterterrorism partners.

    “The Indian government is one of our best CT (counter terrorism) partners,” said John Brennan, Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counter-Terrorism.

    Mr. Brennan, who was responding to reporters’ questions at a hurriedly convened press conference after the latest round of terror plot was unearthed, said the U.S. has been sharing information with Indian government on a regular basis.

    “We share on a regular basis with the Indian government,” Mr. Brennan said.

    In fact counterterrorism cooperation between India and the U.S. would be on top of Obama’s agenda during his India visit and in his talks with Indian leaders, another top White House official had said early this week.

    “We want to underscore the closeness of our counterterrorism cooperation and the resilience of India in the face of terrorism, just as the U.S. has experienced it,” Ben Rhodes, Deputy National Security Adviser, told a group of Indian reporters early this week.

    “We share an interest in counterterrorism. We share an interest in a stable Afghanistan that doesn’t provide safe haven for terrorist groups,” Rhodes said.
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