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India, U.S. hold Ocean Dialogue Preparatory Meeting

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The United States and India held wide-ranging discussions on areas of cooperation in sustainable marine resource management at the U.S.-India Ocean Dialogue Preparatory Meeting on Friday.
 
The talks were led by Acting Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs Judith G. Garber and Munu Mahawar, Joint Secretary (Americas) in India's Ministry of External Affairs..
 
The areas of cooperation discussed included the blue economy, fisheries security, and joint exploration of exclusive economic zones, a press release from the Department of State here said.
 
The release said the U.S.-India Ocean Dialogue Preparatory Meeting represents progress toward the commitment made during the first U.S.-India Strategic and Commercial Dialogue in 2015 to protect ocean ecosystems and promote sustainable development through the blue economy. 
 
"Reflecting the whole of government commitment to marine protection, U.S. participation included representatives of the Department of State, U.S. Coast Guard, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency, and National Science Foundation.
 
"Collectively, the United States and India have approximately 17,000 miles of coastline, making this official dialogue one of the largest bilateral diplomatic engagements in the world that is specifically focused on oceans," the release added.
 
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