India had established a resident Mission in Santo Domingo on January 1 this year

India & the Dominican Republic discussed cooperation in space, cyber security and Artificial Intelligence at the second round of Foreign Office Consultations on Friday.

According to the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), the consultations held in Santo Domingo reviewed the entire gamut of bilateral relations including political, trade and investment, capacity building and cooperation in science and technology including space, cyber security and artificial intelligence, higher education and cultural relations.

"Multilateral and regional issues including cooperation in UN, International Solar Alliance (ISA) and Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (CDRI) were also discussed," the MEA said on Saturday.

The Dominican Republic was represented by Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs José Julio Gómez and India was represented by Secretary (East) Saurabh Kumar.

Secretary (East) Kumar also called on Foreign Minister Roberto Álvarez and exchanged views on strengthening bilateral relations.

During the discussion, the host country appreciated the establishment of India´s resident Mission in Santo Domingo on January 1 this year.

According to the MEA, both sides acknowledged the potential to further deepen relations including expanding trade which grew over 100% to reach the USD 1 billion mark. India is the fourth largest trade partner of Dominican Republic.

They agreed to hold the next round of consultations at a mutually convenient date in New Delhi.