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

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