Jul 23, 2010
By Neelam Mathews
U.S. Ambassador to India Timothy Roemer and Indian Home Affairs Secretary G.K. Pillai signed a Counterterrorism Cooperation Initiative (CCI) Memorandum of Understanding on July 23, marking the latest cooperative effort between the U.S. and India on counterterrorism and information sharing.
The initiative follows Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s visit to the U.S. in November 2009, when the two countries committed to redouble “collective efforts to deal effectively with terrorism, while protecting their countries’ common ideals and shared values.”
Areas covered by the initiative include transportation and border security, money laundering/terrorist financing, cybersecurity and policing of large cities.
“In the coming days and months there will be even closer information sharing and collaborative efforts on issues ranging from bomb blast investigations and major event security to megacity policing,” Roemer said. “The strength of our bilateral relationship continues to grow.”