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Ambassador Roemer signs U.S.-India Counterterror Cooperation Agreement

July 23, 2010

United States Ambassador to India Timothy J. Roemer

On July 23 United States Ambassador to India Timothy J. Roemer signed the Counterterrorism Cooperation Initiative (CCI) Memorandum of Understanding along with Home Affairs Secretary G.K. Pillai, who signed on behalf of India. The signing is the latest evidence of the close and effective cooperative efforts between the United States and India on counterterrorism, information sharing, and building capacities.

During Prime Minister Singh's November 2009 visit to the U.S., President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Singh committed to redouble our collective efforts to deal effectively with terrorism, while protecting their countries' common ideals and shared values. In pursuit of this shared objective, the Counterterrorism Cooperation Initiative establishes specific areas where the two countries will work together to expand collaboration on counterterrorism, such as transportation security, border security, money laundering and terrorist financing, and mega-city policing.

After the signing ceremony, Ambassador Roemer commented: President Obama and Prime Minister Singh have acknowledged the common threat that international terrorism poses to all people. Today, with the formal signing of the Counterterrorism Cooperation Initiative we take several significant steps forward against terrorism. 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 mega-city policing, cybersecurity and border security. The strength of our bilateral relationship continues to grow, and the CCI will further enhance this unprecedented partnership.