Washington: Hours after the Mumbai blasts, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Thursday made it clear that she would go ahead with her visit to New Delhi next week for the security dialogue saying it is more important than ever to stand with India in the struggle against terrorism.
   
 "We condemn the despicable act of violence designed to provoke fear and division. Those who perpetrated it must know they cannot succeed", she said.
   
 Reaching out to India, Clinton said "I will be travelling to India next week as planned. I believe it is more important than ever that we stand with India, deepen our partnership and reiterate our commitment to the shared struggle against terrorism".

Clinton said the Indian people have suffered from acts of terrorism before and "we have seen them responding with courage and resilience. We are continuing to monitor the situation including the safety and security of American citizens".
   
 "We reach out to the Indian government to express our condolence and offer support", she said, adding "Our hearts are with the victims and their families."
   
Clinton said neither the US nor Russia are strangers to terrorism, and it has been a  mutual goal of both the countries to increase their cooperation in  order to prevent terrorists from wreaking  violence on innocent Russians, Americans and others, and to bring those who do so to justice.

No change in Clinton's itinerary

The US on Thursday has ruled out any change in Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's itinerary during her visit to India next week due to serial blasts in Mumbai.
   
"Stays as it is planned.....Nothing is going to change due to Mumbai blasts," said US Charge d'Affairs Peter Burleigh when asked if any changes were being made in the travel programme of Clinton.
   
She is scheduled to arrive here on Monday for the second round of Indo-US strategic dialogue. The Secretary of State will also travel to Chennai, where she will attend a public function.

Strongly condemning the Mumbai terror attacks, Burleigh reiterated his country's commitment towards the bilateral relationship and stressed that his country will stand "shoulder to shoulder" with India in combating terrorism.
   
The US has already offered every possible assistance to India in the wake of Wednesday's terror attacks.
   
(Agencies)