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A high-level delegation from the United States, led by Acting Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security Kristie Canegallo, is scheduled to visit India next week for the annual Homeland Security Dialogue (HSD). This crucial meeting will bring together officials from both nations to discuss pressing security concerns and strengthen bilateral cooperation.

India has prepared a comprehensive agenda for the dialogue, encompassing several key issues:

  • Misuse of Asylum: India seeks to address the misuse of asylum status by individuals engaging in criminal activities within the US.
  • Pro-Khalistani Activities: Discussions will focus on countering the threat posed by pro-Khalistani elements operating in the US and their potential to carry out terrorist activities in India.
  • San Francisco Consulate Attack: India will seek assistance from US authorities in apprehending the individual responsible for the attack on the Indian Consulate in San Francisco.
  • Extradition of Tahawwur Rana: The Indian delegation will raise the issue of the extradition status of Pakistani-origin Canadian businessman Tahawwur Rana, who is wanted in India for his alleged involvement in the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks.
  • Terrorist Fugitives: Both nations will collaborate on identifying and apprehending terror fugitives seeking safe haven in either country.
  • Terrorist Financing Investigations: The dialogue will explore avenues for enhanced cooperation in investigating and disrupting terrorist financing networks.

This HSD is expected to foster deeper collaboration between the US and India on critical security matters, contributing to a safer environment for both nations.