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US special envoy meets Jaswant
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 19
Mr James Dobbins, US special envoy to Afghanistan and the Director, US Liaison Office in Kabul, today met a host of important Indian officials here, including External Affairs Minister Jaswant Singh.

He also met National Security Adviser and Prime Minister’s Principal Secretary Brajesh Mishra, Cabinet Secretary T. R. Prasad, Foreign Secretary Chokila Iyer and Indian envoy on Afghanistan S. K. Lambah.

Mr Dobbins’ meeting with the Cabinet Secretary assumes significance in view of the Indian role in Afghanistan’s reconstruction which is to start soon.

Addressing a news conference in the evening at Roosevelt House (the US ambassador’s residence within the embassy), Mr Dobbins said he did not rule out Osama bin Laden entering Pakistan. He, however, made it clear that in that eventuality it would be incumbent on the Pakistan government to arrest him and hand him over to the USA for prosecution.

Mr Dobbins said search for leadership of Al-Qaida and Taliban would continue until they are nabbed. Asked if the American operation in Afghanistan was successful as the top leadership of Bin Laden’s Al-Qaida or the Taliban was still elusive, Mr Dobbins said the operation was successful in smashing Al-Qaida’s network.Back

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