India, US to join hands in counter-terrorism operations

Published: 24th May 2013 09:34 AM  |   Last Updated: 24th May 2013 09:34 AM   |  A+A-

India and the US have agreed to enhance cooperation in capacity building programmes, and to identify technologies and equipment useful for Indian law enforcement agencies involved in counter-terrorism operations.

Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde, who is leading an eight-member delegation to the US for the second round of homeland security dialogue, met Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director Robert Muller and reviewed areas of cooperation and issues of interest.

A statement issued by the Home Ministry said that Shinde discussed the issue of inter-agency cooperation between the two countries.

During his meeting with the US Homeland Security Secretary, Shinde also discussed the internal security matters.

The two leaders received reports from the six sub-groups that were constituted for the homeland security dialogue. “They welcomed progress made over the recent past in developing practical steps to enhance the security of the citizens and to prevent the misuse of increasingly-interconnected global financial, transportation and communication systems,” the statement said.

The Home Minister also discussed the pending issues of extradition, execution of letters rogatory, counter terrorism and red corner notices with te US Attorney General Eric Holder on May 21.

Indian agencies are facing serious crisis in getting the response of judicial requests sent to various countries over the years. A letter rogatory seeking access to 26/11 Mumbai attack key plotter David Headley’s aide Tahawwur Rana sent to the US in 2011 is still pending. 


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