Bush Calls Indian Prime Minister

By Jennifer Parker

Nov 27, 2008 8:35am

ABC News’ Jennifer Duck reports: Senior Administration officials met Friday afternoon to continue discussions about the terror attacks in Mumbai.

White House spokeswoman Dana Perino said the focus of the discussion was to ensure that everything possible is being done to help American citizens affected by these horrible attacks on innocent people.

She added that the administration has also continued to work with the Indian government at all levels and has offered assistance and support.

President George W. Bush has received regular updates since the attacks on Wednesday night.

The president spoke Thursday morning by telephone with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to express condolences to the victims of the terror attacks in Mumbai, India, and solidarity with the people of India. 

"The president offered support and assistance to the Government of India as it works to restore order, provide safety to its people and comfort to the victims and their families, and investigate these despicable acts," said Perino.

Perino said that in addition to the president’s call to the Indian Prime Minister, National Security Council, State Department, counterterrorism, and intelligence community officials gathered Thursday morning to review the situation in Mumbai.

"Secretary Rice arrived at Camp David today for Thanksgiving and she has been providing updates to President Bush," Perino said.

The FBI and the State Department have been co-ordinating in India, and State Department personnel visited hospitals and hotels in the region to locate and identify any injured US citizens.

"US officials will continue to cooperate and work together with Indian officials to focus on this ongoing situation," Perino said.

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