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India and United States inked Memorandum of Understanding for exchange of information on terror

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Union Government and United States signed the Memorandum of Understanding for Exchange of information on terror


  • Union Home Secretary Rajiv MehrishiRajiv_Mehrishi
  • US Ambassador to India – Richard Verma

Purpose: Exchange of intelligence on terror on a real time basis that include biographic information of known and suspected terrorists.

Features of the Pact:

  • Both nations access to terrorism screening information through the designated authorities subject to laws and regulations
  • Improve the counter terrorism cooperation between India and the United States.

About Terrorist Screening Center:

  • A multi-agency organisation administered by FBI
  • Amalgamates several terrorist watch lists maintained by different US government agencies into single terrorist database on terror suspects
  • The database includes the names of the terror suspects, nationality, date of birth, photos, finger prints (if any) and passport number
  • Inking of the pact, India has officially entered into the US Homeland Security Presidential Directive-6 (HSPD-6)
  • It will enable it to access ‘unclassified biographic information of known and suspected terrorists’ maintained by the US on a reciprocal basis.

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