Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets the USA President Barack Obama in Oval Office, at White House in Washington DC, USA on June 7, 2016. (Photo: IANS/PIB)
WASHINGTON: India and the US inked eight agreements, including in the sphere of
defence and energy cooperation and counter-terrorism after talks between
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Barack Obama in the White
The first one is for exchange of terrorist screening
information between the Multi-Agency Centre/Intelligence Bureau of
India and the Terrorist Screening Center of the US under which the two
sides shall "provide each other access to terrorism screening
information through the designated contact points, subject to domestic
laws and regulations".
The arrangement will enhance the counter-terrorism cooperation between the two countries, said a statement.
second is a MoU to enhance cooperation on Energy Security, Clean Energy
and Climate Change through increased bilateral engagement and further
joint initiatives for promoting sustainable growth.
is to enhance co-operation in Wildlife Conservation and Combating
Wildlife Trafficking in areas such as Wildlife Forensics and
Conservation Genetics; Natural World Heritage Conservation and Nature
Interpretation; and Conservation Awareness.
Another MoU is
between the Consular, Passport and Visa Division of India's Ministry of
External Affairs and US Customs and Border Protection, Department of
Homeland Security for the Development of an International Expedited
Traveler Initiative - the Global Entry Programme, which is a US Customs
and Border Protection programme.
The programme allows expedited
clearance for pre-approved, low-risk travellers upon arrival in the
United States. After joint scrutiny and clearance by both countries, the
approved Indian travellers will be extended the facility of expedited
entry into the US through automatic kiosks at select airports, the
The fifth agreement is a Technical Arrangement
between the Indian Navy and the US Navy concerning Unclassified Maritime
Information Sharing that will allow sharing of unclassified information
on White Shipping as permitted by respective national laws, regulations
and policies, and provides a framework for mutually beneficial maritime
A MoU was inked between India's Petroleum and
Natural Gas ministry and the Department of Energy of the US for
cooperation in Gas Hydrates.
The MOU aims to increase the
understanding of the geologic occurrence, distribution, and production
of natural gas hydrates along the continental margin of India and in the
In defence cooperation, an Information Exchange Annex (IEA)
was held between the Ministry of Defence and the US' Department of
Defense regarding Aircraft Carrier Technologies. The IEA is aimed to
enhance data and information sharing specific to aircraft carriers
between India and the US, it said.
The final one was a Logistics
Exchange Memorandum of Agreement between the two defence ministries
aimed at facilitating mutual logistic support between India and the US
for port visits, joint exercises, joint training and HA-DR (humanitarian
assistance and disaster relief).
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