Diplomats, defense officials from both sides attend the meeting.
The United States and India stressed the importance of maritime security cooperation at their second Maritime Security Dialogue, which was held on May 9 and 10 in Newport, Rhode Island.
The dialogue was attended by an Indian delegation led jointly by Dr. Pankaj Sharma, a Joint Secretary at the Ministry of External Affairs’ Disarmament & International Security Affairs (D&ISA), and Munu Mahawar, a Joint Secretary at the ministry’s Americas division, and Devika Raghuvanshi, a Joint Secretary (Navy) at the Ministry of Defense.
David Helvey, performing the duties of Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs; and Sean Stein, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs led the US side.
The two parties discussed their views on maritime developments in the Asia-Pacific and Indian Ocean Region, according to a statement from the Embassy of India. They also discussed steps to further strengthen bilateral maritime security cooperation, it said.
They reviewed the implementation of the decisions taken at the first Maritime Security Dialogue held in May 2016, the statement said
The next round of the Dialogue will be held in India.