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India, U.S. to sign pact for access to each other's military bases

People's Daily Online

(Xinhua) 18:22, April 12, 2016

NEW DELHI, April 12 -- India Tuesday said that it will soon sign a logistics supply pact with the United States, putting to rest all the speculation over the much-awaited agreement.

"Both India and the U.S. will sign the agreement in the coming months," Indian Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar said in Delhi, after holding talks with visiting U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter.

The logistics supply agreement will give India and U.S. armed forces access to each other's bases, and both the countries have been harping on it for nearly a decade.

"Both India and the U.S. have agreed in principle on the logistical agreement," Carter said about the pact in a joint media meet with Parrikar.

He also said that both the countries would soon ink another agreement on sharing of information on commercial shipping, which is going to bolster security on the seas.

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