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Britain keen to improve security cooperation with India

June 26, 2013 10:31 IST

Britain is keen to improve cooperation with India and other Asian countries in the fields of security and intelligence, a senior UK minister has said.

"We are keen on improving international cooperation with India and other Asian countries in the fields of security and intelligence," James Brokenshire, minister for security at the British Home Office, has said.

Speaking at the two-day Security Asia 2013 -- the Asian Homeland Security, Defence and Counter Terror Summit -- Brokenshire said following the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, "the United Kingdom has considerable experience to share."

He noted that "cyber terrorism knows no borders."

Home-grown terrorism, fuelled by online radicalisation, has given a new dimension to cyber policing.

The core of domestic counter-terrorism strategy should be to "work with communities, to isolate extremist voices from the moderate majority," he said.

The organisers in a release said the two-day Summit gave rise to an "unforeseen number of negotiations and business deals."

"The resulting agreements could play a crucial role in modernising Asian security forces, allowing them to combat domestic and international threats more effectively," the release said.

At an exhibition organised as part of the Summit, enterprises presented products ranging from single and twin-engine helicopters to mobile phone emergency alert systems and remote turret cameras.

Harry Dhaul, Chairman of Security Asian, in his remarks reflected on the opportunities and challenges present in Asia's security threats.

Delegates from India, Bangladesh, Nepal, China, Kazakhstan, Oman, Qatar, Bahrain, Abu Dhabi, UAE, Malawi, Ethiopia, Jordan, Lebanon, Indonesia and others participated in the Summit that concluded last evening. 

H S Rao in London
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