`Post 26/11, India, US allied in fighting terror`

India and the US have enhanced their collaboration in fight against terrorism after the 26/11 attacks and this has resulted in strengthening of the ties between the two nations, outgoing US Consul General Paul Folmsbee has said.

Updated: Apr 28, 2011, 13:29 PM IST

Mumbai: India and the United States have
enhanced their collaboration in fight against terrorism after
the 26/11 attacks and this has resulted in strengthening of
the ties between the two nations, outgoing US Consul General
Paul Folmsbee has said.
"The November 26 attack was a terrible episode... it was
an unfortunate incident. In this case, India and the US
collaborated better than they have before. India and the US
are collaborating on counter-terrorism and global security.
The ties between the two countries strengthened," Folmsbee
told agency here.

"An FBI agent... an American agent testifying in a court
of law in India (in the Ajmal Kasab`s trial) is a symbolic
thing. This is an indication of collaboration between the two
countries," he said after the farewell party hosted by the
Indo-American Society last evening in suburban Bandra.

"Also, not to forget the way people of India recovered
after the attacks. During this face of adversity there was
unity and positive support from all sectors of society. There
was tremendous response. We all remember the candlelight vigil
and march that all religious faiths participated in. This was
proof of India`s strength, great diversity and the
determination," he said.
On his three-year stay in Mumbai, Paul said, "It was a
great experience here. The growth is tremendous. There is a
huge potential. It was a privilege to be part of this history.
I Thank you all and well done, India..Chak De!."

Folmsbee will now be heading to Afghanistan as the Head
of Military Operations (US).

"I have no apprehensions going to Afghanistan. There are
a lot of opportunities there...and I can do a lot," the US
diplomat said.

PTI