Qatar, US sign security pact

(AFP) – US Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and her Qatari counterpart Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa al-Thani on Sunday signed a bilateral security accord to boost bilateral cooperation.

“Homeland security does not begin at America’s borders — it starts with our international partnerships to detect and deter terrorists and other individuals who pose a threat to citizens around the world,” Napolitano said on inking the letter of intent, according to a statement from her department.

The accord is aimed at bolstering information sharing about people with ties to terrorism and serious crime; tightening passenger screening at airports; and sharing methods of document screening, behavior detection and efforts to combat bulk cash smuggling and money laundering. It also includes new efforts at increasing cooperation on international aviation security, cybersecurity, disaster response and emergency preparedness, US officials said.


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