In­dian Home Min­is­ter meets US Sec­re­tary for Home­land Se­cu­rity


The Union Home Min­is­ter Sushilku­mar Shinde, dur­ing his re­cent visit to the United States of Amer­ica, met se­nior govern­ment func­tionar­ies in­clud­ing the Sec­re­tary for Home­land Se­cu­rity Janet Napoli­tano, At­tor­ney Gen­eral Eric Holder and the Fed­eral Bureau of In­ves­ti­ga­tion (FBI) Di­rec­tor Robert Muller.

In the dia­logue with the Sec­re­tary, the two lead­ers em­pha­sized that co­op­er­a­tion be­tween In­dia and the United States in in­ter­nal se­cu­rity was a key pil­lar of the In­dia-US Global Strate­gic Part­ner­ship. They also recog­nised that such co­op­er­a­tion was im­per­a­tive, in view of com­mon­al­ity of the threats that con­front the two coun­tries. They wel­comed progress made over the re­cent past in de­vel­op­ing prac­ti­cal steps to en­hance the se­cu­rity of the cit­i­zens and to pre­vent the mis­use of in­creas­ingly-in­ter­con­nected global fi­nan­cial, trans­porta­tion and com­mu­ni­ca­tion sys­tems. Both the coun­tries agreed to en­hance co­op­er­a­tion in ca­pac­ity build­ing pro­grammes and to iden­tify tech­nolo­gies and equip­ment use­ful for In­dian law en­force­ment agen­cies to source in the United States.

Dur­ing the dia­logue two lead­ers re­ceived re­ports from the six sub-groups that con­sti­tute the Home­land Se­cu­rity Dia­logue and wel­comed progress be­ing achieved in sub­stan­tive terms. They ap­plauded the fact that spe­cific co­op­er­a­tion pro­grammes were iden­ti­fied and em­pha­sised the need for re­sults from this Dia­logue.

Shinde in­vited Sec­re­tary Napoli­tano to visit In­dia in 2014 to co- Chair the next round of the Dia­logue. Both the coun­tries agreed to carry out a re­view of the process a few months be­fore that, un­der the stew­ard­ship of Union Home Sec­re­tary and the US Deputy Sec­re­tary of the Depart­ment of Home­land Se­cu­rity.

Shinde also met Di­rec­tor of FBI, Robert Muller and re­viewed ar­eas of co­op­er­a­tion and is­sues of in­ter­est. The FBI and In­dian agen­cies have re­mained in close con­tact, and it was agreed that the process of in­ter-agency co­op­er­a­tion would be de­vel­oped fur­ther, in this con­text.

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