India-US expanding counter-terror capabilities

New Delhi: India and America are focusing on expanding counter-terror capabilities and combating transnational terrorist groups, US Ambassador Timothy J Roemer said on Tuesday.

Addressing a seminar on the role of police leaders in combating terrorism, Roemer said terrorism was a crime that affects all countries and such initiative was an excellent opportunity for the US and India to build official partnerships and personal relationships that can be critical in times of crisis.

"This seminar is one of many such exchanges regularly organised between the Governments of India and the US focusing on expanding our shared counter-terror capabilities and combating transnational terror groups," he said.

The two-week seminar was organised by the US Department of State`s Bureau of Diplomatic Security in partnership with the Ministry of Home Affairs.

18 senior Indian law enforcement officials from Central and state agencies were selected by the Bureau of Police Research and Development to participate in the seminar, a release issued by the US Embassy here said.

The seminar was conducted by instructors from the US Department of State`s Anti-terrorism Assistance (ATA) programme and hosted by the Central Reserve Police Force Academy in Gurgaon.

Since 1995, the ATA programme has conducted 79 police training courses for over 1,500 Indian law enforcement officials.

"This month`s training seminar highlights the ongoing US?India commitment to fighting the scourge of international terrorism," the release said.