Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano today met with Indian Minister of Home Affairs Sushil Kumar Shinde for the Second U.S.-India Homeland Security Dialogue to strengthen the global strategic partnership between the United States and India on issues ranging from cybersecurity and megacity policing, to counterterrorism and countering violent extremism.
"Today, threats transcend national borders, impacting the security and economic prosperity of the entire international community," said Secretary Napolitano. "We will continue to collaborate with India to develop a global approach to the challenges and threats we all face."
During the meeting, Secretary Napolitano and Minister Shinde reaffirmed the commitment of the two nations to work cooperatively on law enforcement issues, to combat common threats, improve bilateral cooperation through the development and application of innovative technology, combat the flow of illicit finances and currency counterfeiting, and to work closely to counter terrorism and promote cybersecurity.
The United States and India plan to enhance cybersecurity and critical infrastructure protection engagement; increase training on countering illicit financing through DHS' Cross Border Financial Investigations Training Program; share best practices and lessons learned in the context of megacity policing; and identify areas in which the United States and India can collaborate on science and technology development and its application in the homeland security context. The United States and India will explore areas in which to share best practices and lessons learned by both countries on how to enhance the ability of federal, state and local police to better detect, prevent and respond to acts of violent extremism.
In May 2011, Secretary Napolitano traveled to India to launch the U.S.-India Homeland Security Dialogue with former Indian Minister of Home Affairs P. Chidambaram. The 2011 Homeland Security Dialogue was the first comprehensive bilateral dialogue on homeland security issues between the United States and India.