- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 19, 2009

NEW DELHI (AP) - CIA Director Leon Panetta, in his first overseas trip since taking office, met Thursday with India’s home minister to discuss intelligence sharing and security in the wake of recent unrest in neighboring Pakistan and last year’s deadly Mumbai attacks, officials said.

Panetta’s visit comes two weeks after FBI Director Robert Mueller came to India, where the FBI is believed to be helping investigate the November siege in Mumbai that killed 164 people, including several Americans.

The intelligence chief, who was expected to visit Islamabad after New Delhi, met with Home Minister Palaniappan Chidambaram, said Pankaj Kumar Mishra, an official with the Home Ministry.

Panetta is also expected to meet with Indian intelligence officials and the National Security Advisor M.K. Narayanan.

The U.S. Embassy released no details about Panetta’s trip.



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