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India, US review cooperation in counterterrorism, cyber security

The ministerial-level Homeland Security Dialogue between India and the United States is expected to take place later this year, according to the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA).

At a virtual Homeland Security Dialogue attended by senior officials from both countries on Wednesday, they discussed cooperation in counterterrorism, cyber security, and a variety of other concerns.

According to the Ministry, the officials also outlined further initiatives that might be done to investigate potential and synergies in advancing security cooperation.

They talked on how to protect vital infrastructure and global supply chains, as well as maritime security, aviation security, customs enforcement, and trade security. Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla and US Under Secretary for Strategy, Policy, and Plans in the Department of Homeland Security Robert Silvers co-chaired the India-US Homeland Security Dialogue.

Both sides agreed that current subgroups on law enforcement engagement, global supply chains, aviation security, investigative collaboration, and capacity building and training would meet separately in the coming months to discuss how the cooperation could be further improved. According to the statement, both sides expressed pleasure with the partnership and agreed to strengthen engagement and collaboration in all areas of mutual concern.

The most recent virtual meeting took place after US President Joe Biden’s administration announced in March 2021 the re-establishment of the Homeland Security Dialogue, which had been suspended by former US President Donald Trump’s government. Earlier, US Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas met with India’s Ambassador to the United States, Taranjit Singh Sandhu, and stated his desire to strengthen the bilateral relationship. “Mayorkas and Sandhu agreed to re-establish the US-India Homeland Security Dialogue and to tackle crucial problems such as cybersecurity, new technology, and countering violent extremism,” according to the meeting’s readout.