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US and Qatar sign expanded bilateral agreement

4-Jan-2011 11:32 AM

US Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano and Qatar's Minister of State for Interior Affairs HE Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani signed (02-Jan-2011) a letter of intent to expand collaboration between the two nations on bilateral initiatives to enhance security for American and Qatari citizens. The letter of intent recognises expanded coordination between the US and Qatar, and outlines several areas for expanded collaboration including:

  • Strengthened information sharing about individuals with ties to terrorism and serious crime;
  • Enhanced passenger screening at airports;
  • Sharing of best practices for document screening, behavior detection capabilities and efforts to combat bulk cash smuggling and money laundering;
  • New partnerships to enhance international aviation security, cyber security, disaster response and emergency preparedness, and the protection of critical infrastructure and key resources. [more]