Decisive step in Indo-American defense relations. The two countries signed the Basic Agreement for Exchange and Cooperation (BECA). The agreement was signed after two more talks. Defense Minister Rajnath Singh and Foreign Minister S. Jaishankar, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and Defense Secretary Mark Esper attended the talks in New Delhi.
The agreement covers matters including the exchange of military technology and aerial ground maps. Defense Minister Rajnath Singh said that Karan was part of a crucial movement between the two countries and that military ties between India and the United States were progressing well. Both countries are committed to peace and security in the Indo-Pacific region. He also added that the agreement was reaffirmed.
Mike Pompeo said after the agreement was signed that steps were being taken to strengthen cooperation between India and the United States and to address not only the threat posed by the Chinese Communist Party, but all other threats. Mike Pompeo added that the two countries have been able to expand cyber ties and conduct joint naval exercises in the Indian Ocean.
History highlights – critical step India and the US sign the BECA agreement