'US committed to working with India against evolving threats'
The US is committed to working closely with India to address evolving threats, including those relating to cyber networks, global aviation and critical infrastructure, a top Obama administration official has said.Updated: Jun 03, 2011 12:39 IST
The US is committed to working closely with India to address evolving threats, including those relating to cyber networks, global aviation and critical infrastructure, a top Obama administration official has said.
"We remain committed to working closely with India and our other international partners to continue our collaborative efforts to enhance the security of our global aviation and supply chain systems, cyber networks and critical infrastructure," Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said here last evening following a week-long India visit.
"The evolving threats we face are not limited by international borders," she said at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies Statesmen's Forum: 'Building Strong International Security Partnerships: The US-India Homeland Security Dialogue' — highlighting the ongoing partnership between the US and India to strengthen homeland security and counter-terrorism efforts.
Napolitano emphasised on the shared responsibility of the global community to help combat transnational crime and terrorism that threaten their shared security.
She also expressed the Obama administration's commitment to working with the international community to strengthen cooperation in areas such as aviation and cargo security, information sharing law enforcement and global supply chain security.
In January, she had announced a new partnership with the World Customs Organisation (WCO) to enlist other nations, international bodies and the private sector in increasing the security of the global supply chain -- outlining a series of new initiatives to make the system stronger, smarter and more resilient.
Terming her visit to Mumbai and New Delhi highly successful, Napolitano yesterday hoped that the India-US Homeland Security Dialogue would be held at least once a year, if not twice.
In Mumbai, Napolitano met security and law enforcement officials and commemorated Indian law enforcement personnel who lost their lives in the November 2008 Mumbai terror attacks.
In New Delhi, she joined Home Minister P Chidambaram in launching the Homeland Security Dialogue.
"We came out with a solid understanding of where we can enhance our cooperation," she said.
During her stay in Mumbai, she said, she stayed at the Taj Hotel, which was one of the targets of terrorists attacks in 2008.
Napolitano recollected how she was taken around the hotel by its top security officer showing her how the attack took place, from where the terrorists came.
First Published: Jun 03, 2011 12:37 IST