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India-US to engage in homeland security talks today; counterterrorism, cybersecurity among 4 key agendas

India to discuss issues related to Khalistani separatist Gurpatwant Singh Pannun and fugitives residing in the US in homeland security dialogue with the United States.

India to highlight terrorist use of digital sphere in homeland security talks with US (AP)Premium
India to highlight terrorist use of digital sphere in homeland security talks with US (AP)

India and the United States on Wednesday will be conducting a crucial dialogue on homeland security, focusing on topics such as counterterrorism, concerns related to Sikh radicals, cybersecurity, and aviation security, among other matters.

According to the ANI news agency, Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla and his counterparts from the United States will lead the discussion in Delhi.

The meeting is significant as this would provide another platform for India to raise these issues with the US.

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The previous homeland security dialogue took place in January 2022.

India-US homeland security dialogue. Key agendas

1. According to ANI news agency, India is likely to discuss issues linked to Khalistani separatist Gurpatwant Singh Pannun and several fugitives residing in the US.

2. India is expected to emphasise issues such as the exploitation of the digital sphere by terrorist organisations for disseminating radical ideologies, recruitment, and financing terrorism.

3. Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) officials are expected to seek collaboration with the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)

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4. India will also table issues related to cyberattacks on its essential infrastructure, including banks, railways, power, and hospitals. In 2022, data from the government-operated All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) was breached.

Last week, India and the US discussed ways of enhancing cooperation on a wide range of issues such as extradition, mobility of students and professionals, safe and legal migration, and protection of vulnerable women and children in New Delhi.

The discussions took place during the 11th bilateral Consular Dialogue. The Indian delegation was led by KJ Srinivasa, Joint Secretary (CPV), and the US delegation was led by Ambassador Rena Bitter, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Consular Affairs.

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Published: 28 Feb 2024, 06:53 AM IST
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