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India, US agree to reestablish ‘India-US Home Security Dialogue’

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India, US agree to re-establish Homeland Security DialogueIndia & 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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Currency– United States Dollar (USD)
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