U.S. CIA chief to be in India to discuss terrorism, Taliban

Other News Materials 18 March 2009 08:22 (UTC +04:00)

The United States Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Director Leon Panetta will arrive here Wednesday to meet with his Indian counterpart to discuss a series of issues ranging from terrorism to the global economic crisis, Xinhua reported on Wednesday, referring to the local daily Indian Express.

Penatta will meet with Indian National Security Advisor M.K. Narayanan, India's intelligence organ Research and Analysis Wing ( RAW) Chief K.C. Verma, and Director of Intelligence Bureau Rajiv Mathur, said the report quoting unnamed sources.

The rise of Taliban forces in Pakistan, the Lahore attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team, the mutiny of the Bangladesh Rifles are likely to figure prominently in their talks, said the report.

Panetta is also likely to touch upon the impact of the economic crisis on international security and share the U.S. assessment with India ahead of the G-20 Summit in London, said the report.

The CIA tipped India last September about a possible terror attack in Mumbai and provided intelligence about the bombing of the Indian Embassy in Kabul last July, according to the report.