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India, US ask Pak to expedite trial

June 03
23:12 2011

US-India Homeland Security Dialogue launched

WASHINTON/ NEW DELHI: India and the US have called on Pakistan to move expeditiously in prosecuting those involved in the Mumbai terror attack, while committing to each other a comprehensive sharing of information relating to the Mumbai attack.

This commitment was part of the first ever US-India Homeland Security Dialogue – launched by Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano on her visit to New Delhi May 25-27 – a critical step forward in the ongoing partnership between the United States and India to strengthen homeland security and counterterrorism collaboration and ensure the safety and security of both nations.

“The United States and India face common threats, and we must work together to develop common strategies to protect our mutual security,” said Secretary Napolitano. “Through the Homeland Security Dialogue, we will continue to expand upon our work together on issues including protecting cyber networks, securing the global supply chain, and policing our largest cities in order to enhance the safety and resilience of communities and citizens in both of our nations.”

In New Delhi, Secretary Napolitano joined Indian Minister of Home Affairs P. Chidambaram in launching the first comprehensive bilateral dialogue on homeland security issues between the United States and India. During the Dialogue, Secretary Napolitano and Minister Chidambaram highlighted the efforts of both nations to secure the global supply chain, develop best practices and resources for effective policing in large cities, eliminate the trafficking of illicit goods and materials, and continue to develop and protect critical cyber infrastructure.

Chidambaram and Napolitano reaffirmed their governments’ resolve to defeating the forces of terrorism and called for effective steps by all countries to eliminate safe havens and infrastructure for terrorism.

The two countries agreed to share information and assessment on equipment, technologies and systems for homeland security and counter-terrorism, and to facilitate bilateral technology transfer and trade in these items, in the spirit of the strategic partnership between the two countries.

They discussed their cooperation in the investigations into the Mumbai terror attack in November 2008 and reiterated their governments’ commitment to bring the perpetrators and the supporters of the Mumbai attack to justice.

Napolitano and Chidambaram agreed that the two governments should maintain a regular dialogue to share information while noting the role of the private sector in India and the US in providing technological solutions and equipment. They also agreed to explore engagement between the governments and the private sectors through appropriate forums.

Further, the two leaders also agreed on a calendar of events, collaborative activities and initiatives to be implemented over the next twelve months. They also decided that the Home Secretary of India and the Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security should meet at the end of six months to review progress in their collaboration.

Chidambaram and Secretary Napolitano committed to hold the Homeland Security Dialogue annually to set strategic directions for continued cooperation in homeland security.

Chidambaram and Secretary Napolitano expressed satisfaction with the growth in counter-terrorism and related security cooperation between India and the United States. They noted the contribution of existing mechanisms such as the Joint Working Group on Counter-terrorism, established in 2000, the Defense Policy Group, the Joint Working Group on Information and Communications Technology and the Aviation Security Working Group and the Counter-terrorism Cooperation Initiative of July 2010 in advancing India-US cooperation.

Committing to expand India-US cooperation to further strengthen their capacity to secure their countries and protect their people, the two leaders agreed to share ideas and experiences on the ongoing transformation of their countries’ security-related organizational structures and systems as well regulatory framework, in a democratic and federal environment.
They decided to strengthen agency-to-agency engagement, including in the areas of intelligence exchange, information sharing, forensics and investigation, access and sharing of data relating to terrorism, security of infrastructure, transportation and trade, conducting joint needs assessments, combating counterfeit currency, countering illicit financing and transnational crime. They agreed that the two sides shall designate points of contact and establish protocols for engagement.

They decided to foster capacity building in areas including counter-terrorism, counter-narcotics, counterfeit currency, illicit financing and transnational crime, security of infrastructure, transportation and trade, coastal security and large city policing. They agreed on the need for appropriate government agencies to work together and share best practices to enhance the security and resilience of the global supply chain.

They affirmed the importance of increased dialogue and cooperation in the area of cyber security. They welcomed the decision of the two governments to negotiate a MoU between CERT-IN and US-CERT, the designated agencies for information exchange. They also decided to cooperate in capacity building and to work together, and with other countries, to advance cyber security standards.

Napolitano’s other engagements

During her visit to Delhi, Secretary Napolitano called on Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee, Defense Minister A.K. Antony, Minister for Communications and Information Technology Kapil Sibal, Indian Minister of Civil Aviation Vayalar Ravi and Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao.

Secretary Napolitano also met with leaders of the Indian private sector and attended an industry breakfast hosted by the US-India Business Council and the American Chamber of Commerce in India to highlight the Department’s continued engagement with the private sector partners in India on issues including critical security infrastructure protection to ongoing US-India cyber security collaboration and best practices.

Earlier, Secretary Napolitano visited Mumbai, where she commemorated Indian law enforcement personnel who lost their lives in the devastating Nov 26, 2008 terror attacks in a wreath laying ceremony at the Mumbai Police Memorial, and met with Indian officials, including Maharashtra State Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan, Home Minister R.R. Patil, and Commissioner of the Mumbai Police Arup Patnaik, to discuss security best practices and continued collaborative counterterrorism efforts between the United States and India.

India Post News Service

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