India, US to cooperate in areas of defence

India and the United States on Monday underscored the critical importance of stability of and access to air, sea, space and cyberspace domains and launched a dialogue to explore ways to work together in these areas.

Updated: Nov 08, 2010, 23:28 PM IST

New Delhi: India and the United States on Monday underscored the critical importance of stability of and access to air, sea, space and cyberspace domains and launched a dialogue to explore ways to work together in these areas.

In a joint statement issued after the talks between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and US President Barack Obama, both the countries reaffirmed the importance of maritime security, unimpeded commerce and freedom of navigation.

"In an increasingly inter-dependent world, the
stability of, and access to, the air, sea, space, and
cyberspace domains is vital for the security and economic
prosperity of nations," the statement said.

Acknowledging their "commitment to openness and
responsible" international conduct, it said, India and the US
have launched a dialogue to explore ways to work together, as
well as with other countries, to develop a shared vision for
these critical domains to promote peace, security and
development.

Noting that the India-US defence cooperation in
recent years has strengthened mutual understanding on regional
peace and stability, the statement said it enhanced both
countries` capacities to meet humanitarian and challenges such
as terrorism and piracy, and contributed to the development of
the strategic partnership between both the countries.

The 2 leaders also resolved to further strengthen
defence cooperation, including through security dialogue,
exercises, and promoting trade and collaboration in defence
equipment and technology.

PTI

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