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Top police and security experts from the nations of India and the United States on Wednesday began a two-day conference in New Delhi, India, to discuss various protection and investigative measures, including the exchange of law enforcement and public safety technologies, facing the global challenges of terrorism and cyber crime, and ensuring protection of major cities in both the U.S. and India.

The conference of police chiefs from India and the U.S. heard from several security experts who urged the top cops to develop global communications links to upgrade policing in order to respond to security threats such as terrorism, drug trafficking, and transnational crime.

Referring to the 9/11 terror attacks in New York and the Mumbai terrorist attack and bombings, India's Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde told conference police chiefs that major terrorist attacks typically target large and densely populated urban areas, intentionally trying to inflict maximum damage.

Shinde said that efficient "mega-city" policing must serve as a deterrent against terrorists and their superiors, who routinely launch attacks on the most vulnerable locations of targeted countries; and cooperation in "mega-city" policing is intended to help each other and to learn from each other.

Home Secretary Anil Goswami told reporters that both India and the United States police commanders will discuss "relevant issues relating to detection of terrorist activities, their prevention and protection of material resources and human lives in terror attacks."

"We have enormous challenges -- conventional as well as modern. To surmount them, we have to forge partnership with like thinking nations who have an identical resolve to fight terrorism, strengthen peace and democracy and thereby [enhance economic and social] development," he said.

Secretary of State John Kerry, who visited India in June, had confirmed that the two countries held discussions on defense co-production, and cooperation in space, technology, education and agriculture at the fourth edition of the strategic dialogue.

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