India-US: ‘2-by-2’ dialogue put off

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India has declined an offer from the US for talks between Defence Minister and US Secretary of Defence in lieu of the ‘2-by-2’ dialogue between India’s foreign and defence ministers and US secretaries of state and defence.

 

FACTS FOR PRELIMS

Background

The ‘2-by-2’ ministerial dialogue involving India’s foreign and defence ministers and US secretaries of state and defence. was announced in August 2017, to enhance peace and stability across the Indo-Pacific and elevate strategic consultations.

Two foundational agreements for defence

The US side has been pressing the Indian side to sign the two foundational agreements for defence cooperation which include

Communications Compatibility and Security Agreement (COMCASA), earlier known as the Communications and Information Security Memorandum of Agreement (CISMOA); and Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement (BECA).

NOTE4STUDENTS-In 2016, India and the US had signed the third foundational agreement: Logistical Exchange Memorandum of Agreement (LEMOA), which has since been operationalized.

COMCASA

Communications Compatibility and Security Agreement will allow the interoperability of India and United States equipment i.e there would be access to encrypted and secret technologies or communications.

BECA

The  Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement for Geo-spatial Cooperation would facilitate the exchange of geospatial information between India and the United States for both military and civilian use.

LEMOA

Enables both countries to use each other’s bases for repair and replenishment of defence supplies.

 

Source-The Indian Express.