EU-US joint declaration on counterterrorism cooperation

Human rights and respect for Islam and religious differences should play a vital role in efforts to combat terrorism, the European Union and the United States said in a joint declaration Thursday.

The transatlantic allies also pledged to bolster cooperation in diplomacy, law enforcement, judicial assistance, exchange of information and efforts to control suspect cash flows.

The policy was outlined days after U.S. President Barack Obama unveiled a new national security doctrine.

Transatlantic cooperation on combating terrorism has improved since Obama took office and sought a more unified approach to shared problems facing the United States and Europe.

EU governments have pledged to help out in his efforts to close the Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba.

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