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Fact Sheet:
G8 Secure and Facilitated International Travel Initiative

June 9, 2004

Presidential Action

President Bush secured G8 agreement today on the U.S.-driven ÒSecure and Facilitated International Travel InitiativeÓ (SAFTI) to enhance international transportation security, strengthen international counterterrorism cooperation, and protect our borders, while also facilitating trade and travel.

G8 Action: Terrorist attacks against the transportation system remain a serious threat, and President Bush is determined to counter this threat. The President led the G8 today in adopting the ÒSecure and Facilitated International Travel InitiativeÓ (SAFTI) to enhance further the security of the traveling public, while improving the efficiency and ease of travel. The SAFTI action plan commits the G8 to 28 action items, including:

MANPADS: The SAFTI action plan commits the G8 to additional steps to counter the threat to civil aviation posed by shoulder-launched missiles known as Man-Portable Air Defense Systems (MANPADS). Specifically, the G8 will:

U.S. Leadership: The United States continues to lead global counterterrorism efforts aimed at enhancing transportation security. The United States has:

Background: At the 2002 Kananaskis Summit, the G8 Leaders adopted the U.S.-driven Transport Security Initiative to promote greater security of land, sea, and air transport, including cargo. At Evian in 2003, President Bush obtained G8 agreement on an action plan to counter the threat of MANPADS and on the establishment of the Counter Terrorism Action Group ( CTAG ) to assist willing states in building their capacity to counter the terrorist threat.

For the full text of the SAFTI agreement, please click here.

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