Outgoing US consul general in Mumbai Paul Folmsbee has said that India and America have joined forces on a better level on counter-terrorism and global security after the dastardly 26/11 attacks, resulting in stronger ties between the two countries.
"The November 26 attack was a terrible episode... it was an unfortunate incident. In this case, India and the US collaborated better than they have before. India and the US are collaborating on counter-terrorism and global security. The ties between the two countries strengthened after the attacks," Folmsbee told PTI in Mumbai.
"An FBI agent... an American agent testifying in a court of law in India is a symbolic thing. This is an indication of collaboration between the two countries," he said after the farewell party hosted by the Indo-American Society on Thursday evening in suburban Bandra.
"Also, not to forget the way people of India recovered after the attacks. During this face of adversity there was unity and positive support from all sectors of society. There was tremendous response. We all remember the candlelight vigil and march that all religious faiths participated in. This was proof of India's strength, great diversity and the determination," he said.
On his journey in Mumbai, Paul said, "It was a great experience here. The growth is tremendous. There is a huge potential. It was a privilege to be part of this history. I thank you all and well done, India... Chak De!."
Folmsbee, who served as the US consul general in Mumbai for over three years, will now be heading to Afghanistan as the head of military operations (US).
"I have no apprehensions going to Afghanistan. There are a lot of opportunities there... and I can do a lot," the US diplomat said.