India & US have agreed to re-establish the ‘India-US Home Security Dialogue’. Issues like Cybersecurity, emerging technology & addressing Violent Extremism will be discussed.
- The Security dialogue will take place between India’s Home Ministry & U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
- The decision was taken after a discussion between India’s Ambassador to the United States, Taranjit Singh Sandhu, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas.
- The practice of Homeland Security Dialogue between the two countries was discontinued by Donald Trump, the Former President of the USA.
- It was launched in 2010 as the mechanism to a sequel to signing of the India-US Counter-Terrorism initiative. It is an initiative of Barack Obama, Former President of the USA.
- The 1st India-US Homeland Security Dialogue was held in May 2011 at New Delhi. It took place between Janet Napolitano, DHS Secretary of US & P Chidambaram, Former Home Minister of India.
- The 2nd India-US Homeland Security Dialogue was held in 2013 at Washington DC. It took place between Ms Napolitano & Sushil Kumar, Former Home Minister of India.
US Defence Secretary Lloyd J Austin III arrives in India
US Defence Secretary Lloyd J Austin III arrived in India on a Three-day visit from
March 19-21, 2021. It is the first visit by a Top Official of the newly elected Biden Administration to India.
- During the visit, he called on PM Narendra Modi, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, EAM S Jaishankar & National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval.
- The key focus of the discussions was expansion of Strategic, Security ties & also the rising influence of China.
- US conveyed its displeasure over India’s USD 5 Billion deal with Russia for purchase of Five units of S-400 Air Defence Missile Systems.
Key Defence Pacts between India-US
- Logistics Exchange Memorandum of Agreement (LEMOA) in 2016.
- It allows militaries of both countries to use each other’s bases for repair and replenishment of supplies as well as provides for deeper cooperation.
- Communications Compatibility and Security Agreement (COMCASA) signed in 2018.
- It provides the interoperability between the two militaries and provides for sale of high-end technology from the US to India.
- Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement (BECA) signed in October, 2020.
- It provides for sharing of high-end military technology, logistics and geospatial maps between the two nations.
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i.On October 27, 2020, India hosted the third India-United States (US) 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue in New Delhi.
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