New Delhi. 08 June 2016. Prior to Prime Minister Modi’s visit to USA several documents were signed or finalised to avoid pending issues when the two leaders meet in Washington.
Arrangement between the Multi-Agency Centre/Intelligence Bureau of the Government of India and the Terrorist Screening Center of the Government of the United States of America for the exchange of Terrorist Screening Information was made. As per this Arrangement, India and the US shall provide each other access to terrorism screening information through the designated contact points, subject to domestic laws and regulations.The Arrangement would enhance the counter terrorism cooperation between India and the US. Rajiv Mehrishi, Union Home Secretary and Richard Verma, Ambassador of the United States of America to India signed the documents .
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Consular, Passport and Visa Division of the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India and US Customs and Border Protection, Department of Homeland Security of the United States for the Development of an International Expedited Traveler Initiative (the Global Entry Programme) was signed.
The Global Entry is a US Customs and Border Protection programme, which allows expedited clearance for pre-approved, low-risk travelers upon arrival in the United States. After joint scrutiny and clearance by both countries, the approved Indian travelers will be extended the facility of expedited entry into the United States through automatic kiosks at select airports.
Arun K. Singh, Ambassador of India to the United States of AmericaUS and Kevin K. McAleenan, Deputy Commissioner, US Customs and Border Protection, Department of Homeland Security signed in Washington DC.
Technical Arrangement between the Indian Navy and the United States Navy concerning Unclassified Maritime Information Sharing was also signed. The Arrangement would allow sharing of unclassified information on White Shipping between India and the US as permitted by respective national laws, regulations and policies, and provides a framework for mutually beneficial maritime information.
Vice Admiral Karambir Singh, Deputy Chief of Naval Staff US and Vice Admiral Ted N. Branch, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Information Warfare was signed through Diplomatic Channels .
Information Exchange Annex (IEA) between the Ministry of Defence, Government of India and the Department of Defense of the United States of America to the Master Information Exchange Agreement concerning Aircraft Carrier Technologies was signed. IEA is aimed to enhance data and information sharing specific to aircraft carriers technology between India and the US.
Logistics Exchange Memorandum of Agreement between the Ministry of Defence, Government of India and the Department of Defense of the United States of America is aimed at facilitating mutual logistic support between India and the US for authorized port visits, joint exercises, joint training and HA-DR (humanitarian assistance and disaster relief).