US, Qatar Sign Security Agreement

Janet Napolitano, DHS

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and her Qatari counterpart Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa al-Thani have signed a bilateral security accord to better fight terrorism and threats in cyberspace.

“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,” the secretary said, according to AFP. “This agreement will help us expand collaboration with Qatar in order to better protect the citizens of both nations against the evolving threats we face.”

AFP reported the agreement seeks to enhance information sharing about individuals 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.

The accord will also includes new efforts at increasing cooperation on international aviation security, cybersecurity, disaster response and emergency preparedness.

Napolitano’s visit to Doha followed stops in Ireland and Afghanistan, where she met with top Afghan officials including President Hamid Karzai.

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