New Delhi: In a 2+2 ministerial-level dialogue (India USA 2 + 2 dialogue) held in Delhi between India and US, 5 major agreements including ‘BECA’ were signed. In the third 2 + 2 Dialogue, India’s Foreign Minister S.K. Jaishankar and Defense Minister Rajnath Singh interacted with American counterparts, Mike Pompeo and Mark Esper. After the meeting, the leaders of the two countries held a press conference and issued a joint statement.
India-US military agreement
India and the United States signed the Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement (BECA). Jeevesh Nandan, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Defense signed the agreement on behalf of India. Defense Minister Rajnath Singh termed the signing of the BECA with the US as an ‘important achievement’ and said that it would open new avenues in information sharing. We look forward to discussing further issues with the US.
What is BECA agreement?
The BECA agreement between India and America can increase the difficulties of China and Pakistan. With this agreement, the information collected by American satellites will be shared with India. With this, India will have access to sensitive communication data of America. This will make the capability of Indian missiles accurate and extremely effective. The agreement will allow the two countries to share extended geospatial information between the armed forces.
Signed on these 5 agreements including BECA
- Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement
- Agreement for Technical Cooperation on Earth Sciences (MoU for technical cooperation on earth sciences)
- Arrangement extending the arrangement on nuclear cooperation
- Agreement on postal services
- Agreement on cooperation in Ayurveda and cancer research
Cooperation with America is moving forward in a better way
In a joint statement after the ‘Two Plus Two’ talks, Defense Minister Rajnath Singh said that we have discussed in detail on many important issues. He said, “Our military-level cooperation with the US is progressing in a much better way, projects have been identified for joint development of defence equipment.”
Neighbour countries were also discussed during the meeting
In a shared statement, Rajnath Singh said that our military is making very good progress for military cooperation. In a two-day meeting, we discussed potential capacity building and other cooperation activities in our neighbours and beyond.
Strengthened defence and security partnership
The US Defense Minister said that as the world faces a global epidemic and increasing security challenges. The India-US partnership is more important than ever to ensure the security, stability and prosperity of the region and the world. We especially strengthened our defence and security partnership last year, during which we have advanced our regional security and information sharing. Our cooperation meets the challenges of an independent and open Indo-Pacific day and principles.
Tribute to 20 soldiers killed in Galwan Valley
During the joint statement, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said, “We visited the National War Memorial, where 20 soldiers who were martyred in the Galwan Valley paid tribute to the brave soldiers of the Indian Armed Forces. America stands with India, as both are facing threats to sovereignty and independence.”
Terrorism completely unacceptable
In a joint statement, India’s Foreign Minister S.K. Jaishankar said that during the meeting, relations with our neighbouring countries were also discussed. We clarified that cross-border terrorism is completely unacceptable. He said that the Indo-Pacific region was the special focus of our dialogue. We reiterated the importance of stability and peace and prosperity for all countries in the region.