The White House Press Secretary, Jen Psaki, stated that the Biden administration has decided to re-establish the “Homeland Security Dialogue” with India. This dialogue was discontinued by former US President Donald Trump.

This decision was taken after the Secretary of Homeland Security, Alejandro Mayorkas hold talks with Indian Ambassador to USA, Taranjit Singh Sandhu on 22nd March 2021. Security Secretary of Homeland extended his support to further strengthen the partnership between the countries.

India-USA meeting

During the recent meeting, Taranjit Singh Sandhu and Alejandro Mayorkas have agreed to re-establish Homeland Security Dialogue between the countries. They also planned to discuss several important issues during the security dialogue including cyber security, emerging technology and addressing violent extremism. Both ministers also highlighted the positive engagement which took place during Biden administration like Quad grouping. They also addressed major commitments to cooperate on Covid-19 and climate actions. Both countries also recognised significant contributions of entrepreneurs and students which have made both the countries stronger.

Backdrop

The Bilateral Homeland Security Dialogue was the initiative of Barack Obama’s administration. First Homeland Security Dialogue was held in May 2011 between Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and Home Minister of India P Chidambaram. The second security dialogue was held in Washington DC in the year 2013 between Home Minister of India, Sushil Kumar and homeland secretary, Ms Napolitano.

US Department of Homeland Security

Department of Homeland Security is USA federal executive department which is responsible for public security. The stated missions of the department include border security, anti-terrorism, cyber security, immigration & customs, disaster prevention and management.

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