New Delhi: The Comptroller General of India (CAG) has stressed upon the need for mutual cooperation between India and the US in his meeting with the American counterpart.

The Comptroller General of the US, Government Accountability Office (GAO), Gene Dodaro, called on the CAG of India, Vinod Rai, in New Delhi.

They discussed issues of common interest and stressed the need for mutual cooperation which would be for mutual benefit, an official statement said on Monday.

In particular, Dodaro was appreciative of the Indian CAG's efforts to train its own officers and the infrastructure set up for facilitating the same, it said.

"The professionalism of officers of the Indian audit and accounts service and mentioned that they are rated very high globally," Dodaro said. The US Comptroller General commended the offer of the CAG of India to commit its own training institutes not only for south-south cooperation but also for assisting Supreme Audit Institutions which do not have adequate professional capability. Welcoming the close ties with his US counterpart, Rai said, the Donor Steering Committee that the training facilities available with the Indian Audit and Accounts Department would be available for training of officials of the INTOSAI community."

The US GAO, which was earlier termed as the General Accounting Office was repositioned by the US Congress as the Government Accountability Office in 2002. Now, it is empowered to hold Government decisions financially accountable.