New Delhi: India and US on Thursday signed a key military pact and also mulled over a lot of other issues including cross-border terrorism. The countries met for the first time for a 2+2 dialogue.
The Indian side represented by External Affairs Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman met US counterparts Mike Pompeo and James Mattis respectively in New Delhi
The dignitaries from both sides signed a Communications Compatibility and Security Agreement (COMCASA) that will now facilitate the Indian armed forces to get critical and superior defence technologies from the United States
“It is our responsibility to advance free and open Indo-Pacific relations. Communications Compatibility and Security Agreement (COMCASA) is a major step,” US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told media persons after the 2+2 dialogue.
Pompeo also expressed the United States' eagerness to finalize the Westinghouse Nuclear Reactor project in India.
Indian Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said that the two countries have decided to continue working together against the menaces of terrorism and other security threats.
“In today's meeting, we reaffirmed to cooperate in every possible way to ensure peace, prosperity and development. Also pledged to continue cooperation against terrorism and other security challenges,” she said.
The defense minister also said that the two countries will soon initiate tri-services joint exercise.