US-India Homeland Security Dialogue begins

Home Minister P Chidambaram with US Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano during a meeting before the homeland security dialogue between India and United States, in New Delhi
New Delhi, May 27: The first US-India Homeland Security dialogue began here today (May 27) during which Home Minister P Chidambaram and his American counterpart Janet Napolitano deliberated on issues like mutual assistance in probes like the Mumbai terror attacks and counter-terrorism.

Combating trans-national crime, countering illicit financing, accessing and sharing of data relating to terrorism are among key issues on the agenda of the day-long meeting.

Other issues like coastal security, cyber security, mega city policing, providing homeland security equipment to each other and capacity building are also being discussed during the deliberations.

Napolitano, who arrived in Mumbai on Wednesday, is the first top official from the US to visit India after President Barack Obama toured the country in November last year.

Chidambaram had visited the US in January 2009 when he had extensive discussions with Napolitano.


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