India and the United States on Tuesday inked a landmark defence agreement, sharing of high-end military technology, classified satellite data, critical information between the two countries.
India and US today signed five agreements. Briefing reporters after Third India-US two plus two Ministerial Dialogue, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said, in defence industrial cooperation area, we had a candid and useful discussion.
He said, our military to military cooperation is progressing very well. Mr Singh said, he highlighted the capabilities of Indian defence industries.
He said, signing the Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement, BECA today is a significant achievement.
Rajnath Singh said, we shared assessment of security situation across Indo Pacific.
He said, we also agreed that upholding rules based international order and upholding the territorial integrity and sovereignty of all states is essential.
In his opening remarks, the External Affairs Minister said, at a time when it is particularly important to uphold a rules-based international order, the ability of India and the US to work closely in defence and foreign policy has a larger resonance.
Dr Jaishankar said together, India and US can make a real difference when it comes to regional and global challenges, whether it is in respecting territorial integrity, promoting maritime domain awareness, countering terrorism or ensuring prosperity.
He said, over the last two decades, India – US bilateral relationship has grown steadily in its substance, facets and significance. He said, the accompanying comfort levels today enable both countries to engage much more intensively on matters of national security.
Both the Secretaries earlier paid tributes at National War Memorial.
The First two plus two dialogue was held in New Delhi in September 2018 and the Second in Washington DC in 2019.
The agenda for the Third dialogue will cover all bilateral, regional and global issues of mutual interest.
National Security Advisor Ajit Doval exchanged elbow bumps, skipping the conventional handshake, with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defence Secretary Mark T Esper today in Delhi, following social distancing norms amid the coronavirus pandemic
The meeting at South Block lasted for 40 minutes ahead of the third edition of 2+2 ministerial dialogue. Mr Esper and Mr Pompeo arrived in India on Monday for the crucial talks aimed at further boosting the defence and security ties between the two countries