India, US hold Consular Dialogue, discuss issues of bilateral interests
The Dialogue affirmed the strength of India-US bilateral relationship, the MEA said
India and the US held annual bilateral Consular Dialogue, and both sides discussed areas of their mutual interest, including cooperation for expeditious resolution of consular issues, facilitation of visas.
According to the Ministry of External Affairs, the Consular Dialogue took place on December 13 in the US.
During the Dialogue, as per the MEA, the two countries also focussed on extradition matters, provision of consular services to expatriate citizens, familial issues related to child custody, marriages, adoption and facilitation of travel between the two countries.
“The Dialogue affirmed the strength of our bilateral relationship and highlighted efforts made by both countries to ensure safe and responsible travel despite the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic,” the MEA said.
At the Consular Dialogue, while the Indian delegation was led by Devesh Uttam, Joint Secretary (CPV), the US delegation was represented by Assistant Secretary of State for Consular Affairs Rena Bitter.