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India, US hold first Maritime Security Dialogue and made defence cooperation with one another

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In order to promote the partnership in the Maritime Field, India and US made the successful first round of discussion under the Maritime Security Dialogue

First round of Discussion: Discover the scope of maritime cooperation under the framework of this maritime dialogue at the bilateral and multilateral level to be brought up

Venue: New DelhiIndia, US hold first Maritime Security Dialogue

Issues Discussed:

  • Asia-Pacific Maritime Challenges
  • Naval Cooperation
  • Multilateral Engagement

Delegates: Officials of Defence and External Affairs Ministries and US Counterparts

Represents India:

  1. Joint secretary in charge of Planning and International Cooperation (PIC) in the Ministry of Defence –Shambhu Kumaran
  2. Ministry of External Affairs’ Joint secretary –MunuMahawar

Represents America:

  1. Assistant secretary of Defence for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs –David Shear
  2. Deputy assistant secretary of state for South and Central Asian Affairs –ManpreetAnand
  3. Vice-Admiral –Joseph Aucoin

Initiatives Agreed:

Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar and U.S. counterpart Ashton Carter acceded the major initiatives while on visit to India as part of the maritime security objectives under the India-US Joint Strategic Vision for the Asia-Pacific and Indian Ocean Region.

  • Agreed to launch a bilateral Maritime Security Dialogue
  • “White shipping” technical arrangement to improve data sharing on commercial shipping traffic
  • Navy-to-Navy discussions on submarine safety and anti-submarine warfare