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The United States and India held their 4th Strategic Dialogue on June 24. This was the first visit to India of Secretary of State John Kerry and Secretary of Energy and nuclear physicist Ernest Moniz in their current capacities. The US delegation, including Admiral Samuel Locklear of the US Pacific Command (PACOM), National Aeronautics and Space Administrator Charles Bolden and US Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Rajiv Shah, held meetings with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and External Affairs Minister (EAM) Shri Salman Khurshid.
The two sides reaffirmed their "shared vision for peace and stability in Asia and in the Indian and Pacific Oceans," they "reiterated their enduring commitments to support the Afghan Government and all people of Afghanistan through the transition process and beyond," and explained they face a same threat on cyber-security and public safety (terrorism in particular). As the bilateral trade has reached close to USD 100 billion, Minister Khurshid and Secretary Kerry welcomed the continuation of discussions under the Commercial Dialogue on standards cooperation.
They also committed to encouraging the conclusion of talks between the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and the Indian Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB) on a bilateral information exchange arrangement, by fall 2013, and welcomed the expanded work plan endorsed by the India-US Civil Space Joint Working Group in a number of areas. The India-US strategic partnership has entered an "increasingly global dimension", said Mr. Khurshid, with over 47 official visits exchanged this year so far.
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