India-US Maritime Security Dialogue begins with assessment of security in Asia-Pacific and Indian Ocean Region
New Delhi: Exchange of perspectives on maritime security development in the Asia-Pacific and Indian Ocean Region were discussed at the inaugural India – US Maritime Security Dialogue held here on 16 May.
The dialogue covered issues of mutual interest, including exchange of perspectives on maritime security development in the Asia-Pacific and Indian Ocean Region as well as prospects for further strengthening cooperation between India and the United States in this regard.
It may be recalled that Raksha Mantri and US Secretary of Defence had agreed to launch this dialogue during the latter’s visit to India in April 2016.
The Indian delegation was led jointly by Amandeep Singh Gill Joint Secretary (D&ISA), Munu Mahawar, Joint Secretary (AMS), Ministry of External Affairs), and Shambhu S.Kumaran Joint Secretary (PIC), Ministry of Defence from the Indian side and the US side was led by Assistant Secretary of Defence for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs David Shear, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Manpreet Anand and Vice Admiral Joseph P. Aucoin, Commander, seventh Fleet.
The next round of the Dialogue will be held in Washington on mutually convenient dates.