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'Indo-US political-military talk useful'

world Updated: Apr 21, 2012 13:17 IST

The United States has said that its first Political-Military dialogue with India in six years had covered a wide range of bilateral and regional issues.

The two countries hold their first political-military dialogue in Delhi recently after a gap of nearly six years.

Assistant Secretary of State for Political Military Affairs Andrew Shapiro led the American delegation to dialogue, while the Indian side was led by Joint Secretary (Americas) Javed Ashraf.

"Assistant Secretary Shapiro and Joint Secretary Javed Ashraf had very productive two days of discussion in which they discussed a lot of issues of mutual interest," Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Political Military Affairs Tom Kelly told reporters here.

"We found them to be very useful and we look forward to continuing political-military consultations with our friends in India," Kelly said.

"These are the first pol-mil discussions, formal pol-mil talks, between India and the United States in several years. I was involved in setting those talks up," he said.

"We believe that we have a broad range of important issues to discuss with India that have both foreign policy and security aspects. These include things like counter-piracy as well as peacekeeping and just sharing perspectives on the situation in different parts of the world," Kelly said in response to a question.