2+2 talks : India-US sign historic COMCASA defence agreement

New Delhi, Sep 6 : The United States and India signed the high-level COMCASA defence agreement today that will allow India to buy critical defence technologies , American military hardware and access critical communication network to ensure interoperability among the US and the Indian armed forces.

US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in a two-plus-two meeting. Jim Mattis Mike PompeoSushma Swaraj  Nirmala Sitharaman

 External Affairs minister Sushma Swaraj termed the 2+2 dialogue between Indian and the United States as a historic dialogue and announced the signing of the Communications Compatibility and Security Agreement (Comcasa) between the two nations.

“We agreed on working together towards entry of India in the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG),” Swaraj added.

“We’ll be meeting PM Modi on how to advance relationship in the new era of growth under his leadership&Pres Trump. We had many productive&forward thinking conversations on our bilateral relationship & our shared future,” US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo after ‘2+2’ talks.

“We have agreed on a hot line between… (Nirmala) Sitharaman and (Jim) Mattis,” Mike Pompeo said. “India and the US stand for freedom and democratic values… and we aim to extend this across the Indo-Pacific… we will work at different levels to ensure a free Indo-Pacific,” he said.

“Both the countries also decided to work together towards India’s entry to the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG). “We agreed on working together towards entry of India in the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG),” said Swaraj.

Sushma said that PM Modi and  President  Trump has set future directions for our relationship. I am happy to note that there has been significant progress in all key areas of our relationship.

“We should continue to ensure freedom of the seas, skies, uphold the peaceful resolutions of the maritime disputes, promote market based economics and good governance and prevent external economic coercion,” Pompeo said.

“Our two nations are united by shared values of democracy, respect for individual rights and a shared commitment to freedom. Given those values India and the United States have a natural starting point,” US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said during ‘2+2’ talks

“We should continue to ensure freedom of the seas, skies, uphold the peaceful resolutions of the maritime disputes, promote market based economics and good governance and prevent external economic coercion,” Pompe added.

“This meeting is a reflection of tremendous focus that we’ve made in developing our ties over past few years. It’s a strong recognition of immense potential of our bilateral partnership for benefit of our people,region&beyond,” Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said during ‘2+2’ talks

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman  said the commencement of first ever ministry of 2+2 between India and  US is a concrete manifestation of the work vision of our leaders PM Modi & US President Donald Trump to take India-US relationship to even higher trajectory.

 

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