India, U.S. ink counter terrorism pact

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India and the United States on Friday inked a Counter Terror Cooperation Agreement which will enable both sides to jointly probe and share intelligence.

The pact was signed here between Indian Home Secretary G.K. Pillai and U.S. Ambassador to India Timothy J Roemer who described it as "a historic day for the U.S. and India".

"In the coming days and months there will be even closer information sharing and collaborative efforts on issues ranging from bomb blast probe and major event security to mega city policing, cyber and border security," said the U.S. envoy.

"President (Barack) Obama and Prime Minister (Manmohan Singh) have acknowledged the common threat that international terrorism poses to all people. Today, with the formal signing of the initiative, we take several significant steps forward against terrorism," Roemer said.

He said the pact would bring the two countries closer together on intelligence sharing, border security, maritime security, mega policing efforts and "to fight together on a global basis against a common enemy, against terrorism".

"Terrorism that has brutaly attacked the US on Sept. 11 (2001), terrorism that has attacked the people of India, particularly on Nov. 11 (2008) in Mumbai, where six Americans were killed. So, this effort I think symbolizes Prime Minister Singh's and President Obama's efforts to create this indispensable partnership for the 21 century. It is an exciting day, an unprecendeted day and a very proud day for the people of U.S.," the U.S. envoy said.

Source: Xinhua

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