India, US Pact Opens Up Sale Of Critical American Defence Tech

Sushma Swaraj, Nirmala Sitharaman hosted Mike Pompeo and James Mattis for inaugural 2+2 talks

New Delhi: 

India and the United States today signed the long-negotiated COMCASA defence agreement that will allow New Delhi to buy sensitive American military equipment.

The Communications Compatibility and Security Agreement (COMCASA) was signed after External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman met their US counterparts, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, in the first 2+2 dialogue held between the two countries. 

While Mike Pompeo termed the COMCASA agreement a “milestone” in US-India relationship, Ms Sitharaman asserted that the pact would enhance India’s defence capability and preparedness.

The world’s two largest democracies have drawn closer in recent years, seeking ways to counter-balance China’s spreading influence across Asia, notably in Pakistan, Southeast Asia and the Indian Ocean.

“This meet was a focus on regional stability in South Asia, South-East Asia and Indo-Pacific… India being a part of groups like the ASEAN also help greatly in this endeavour,” Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj said. “In today’s meet we have agreed to speed up the process of India’s entry into the NSG (Nuclear Suppliers Group),” Ms Swaraj said.

Before coming to India, Mr Pompeo held talks in Islamabad with Pakistan’s new government and senior most generals.

Experts believe the signing of the COMCASA could also reduce the chances of…

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