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India-US agree to advance cooperation in counter-terrorism, cyber security among other issues

By Rajnish Singh | Updated: Jan 12, 2022 20:14 IST

New Delhi [India], January 12 (ANI): India and the US on Wednesday agreed to advance cooperation in counter-terrorism, cyber security, securing critical infrastructure and global supply chains among other issues during the senior officers meeting of the India-US Homeland Security Dialogue.
Maritime security, aviation security, customs enforcement and trade security were also focused areas of the dialogue on which both sides reviewed the ongoing cooperation and identified further steps that can be taken to explore opportunities and synergies in advancing cooperation, said a statement issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs.
Both sides agreed that the existing sub-groups under the Homeland Security Dialogue on law enforcement engagement, securing global supply chains, aviation security, investigative cooperation, and capacity building and training would meet separately in the coming months to deliberate and explore how ongoing cooperation can be strengthened further.
Held in virtual mode, the meeting was co-chaired by the Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla and Under Secretary for Strategy, Policy and Plans, Department of Homeland Security, Government of USA, Robert Silvers. The meeting was also attended by other senior officials of both countries.
The meeting concluded with both sides expressing satisfaction with the ongoing partnership and agreeing to deepen bilateral engagement and collaboration in all areas of mutual concern.
The two sides look forward to holding the Ministerial-level Homeland Security Dialogue later this year. (ANI)