Issue Brief on “US-India Basic Exchange Cooperation Agreement: Providing India a Military Edge”

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United States and India recently conducted the 2+2 Ministerial dialogue on October 26-27, 2020. Indian External Affairs Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar and Defense Minister Rajnath Singh held the third round of the dialogue with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and the Defense Secretary Mark Esper. The two-day visit concluded with signing of three agreements, an MoU and a Letter of Intent between the two parties.[1]

The talks were aimed to revamp the overall defense and security ties between the two capitals as well as boost strategic ties in the Indo-Pacific cooperation. The first round of the 2+2 Ministerial dialogue was held in Delhi in 2018 followed by a second round in 2019 in Washington. The fourth round of dialogue is planned in Washington in 2021.[2]

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