India, US sign agreement on geo-spatial intelligence


Both the countries signed the crucial Indo-US Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement (BECA)


India and US signed the crucial Indo-US Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement (BECA), which pertains to geo-spatial intelligence, sharing information on maps and satellite images for defence purposes.


The agreement took place a day between US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Secretary of Defense Mark Esper and External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh.


Singh talked about protecting territorial integrity and sovereignty. The pact Identifies projects for joint development of defence equipment. India has reaffirmed their commitment to peace and security in Indo-Pacific region


Esper, on the other hand, talked about increasing aggression and destabilising activities by China while Pompeo referred to the Galwan incident where 20 Indian soldiers were killed.


Singh hoped that the discussions will add new vigour to India-US defence relations and mutual cooperation after his meeting with Esper which lasted for about an hour in South Block. Esper was received by Singh for the ceremonial tri-services guard of honour.


After the 2+2 meeting, Esper and Pompeo will jointly call on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and have a meeting with NSA Ajit Doval. There will be discussions with other government and business leaders on ways to advance the India-US Comprehensive Global Strategic Partnership.


During the 2+2 dialogue, expanding cooperation between the two militaries will be high on agenda. This includes the two navies, which play a critical role in ensuring freedom of navigation in the Indo-Pacific.

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