WASHINGTON: Keen to choke off the life line of terror groups, the US will open a dialogue with India for evolving more effective steps for cyber security and monitor illicit financial transactions, Secretary of Homeland Security, Ms Janet Napolitano said on Monday.
On the eve of her first-ever official visit to India, Ms Napolitano said illegal smuggling of cash, financial fraud, counterfeiting, illicit movement of money are some of the major items on the agenda as it pertained to terrorism.
“…To choke off the life line of some of these terrorist organisations… To open a dialogue that includes cyber security which is necessary to protect the networks that is critical infrastructure,” she said.
“Both of our countries are very concerned on how we can confront issues like critical internet response in a terrorism operation, in a counter-narcotics operations, disaster management,” she said ahead of her three-day visit from May 26.
Intelligence sharing and co-operation between the US and India may be at a nascent stage, but the continuing dialogue will help the two countries in a number of areas, she maintained. “…It is wide ranging, we are bringing a large delegation with us including experts in all of these areas. So it is really intended to open up, open the door on a number of important topics,” she said.
“I would expect that in many of these areas one of the things that they would decide is how they need to proceed, in other words this would be the beginning of the ongoing process… The US is very committed for cooperation and support in the ongoing terrorism investigations. That being said, I think it would be inappropriate for me to discuss specific information that is being shared or has been shared,” she said.