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India, US conclude defense pact for 10 years

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

New Delhi, June 29, IRNA
India and the United States have signed a "new framework for the US-India defense relationship for the next ten years" which includes "new opportunities for technology transfer, collaboration, co-production and research and development", reported New Delhi Television (NDTV).

The agreement was signed in Washington DC by visiting Defense Minister Pranab Mukherjee and US Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, defined the goals as strengthening "our countries' security, reinforce our strategic partnership, and build greater understanding between our defence establishments."
The framework stated that both India and US were entering a new era, transforming our relationships to reflect our common principles and shared national interests.

It said the defense relationship would support, and would be part of the broader US-India strategic partnership.

It acknowledged that defense between the two nations had advanced to "unprecedented levels of cooperation unimaginable" since 1995, when both countries had signed the "Agreed Minute on Defense Relations." The two sides also agreed to expand collaboration relating to missile defense. In a significant part of the agreement, the two sides agreed on their shared security interests, envisaged the defense establishment. The framework also stressed increased cooperation in the areas of worldwide peacekeeping operations, defense strategy, intelligence exchanges, military response to disaster situations and strategic-level discussions by senior leadership from the defense ministries of both countries.



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