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PM Modi, President Obama welcome decision to renew defence pact

Washington DC, Oct. 1 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi and U.S. President Barack Obama have welcomed the decision to renew for ten more years the 2005 framework for the U.S.-India defence relationship and directed their defence teams to develop plans for more ambitious programs and activities.

“The two leaders also agreed to reinvigorate the political-military dialogue and expand its role to serve as a wider dialogue on export licensing, defense cooperation and strategic cooperation,” said a joint statement issued after the talks between the two leaders.

Both leaders welcomed the first meeting under the framework of the Defense Trade and Technology Initiative in September 2014 and endorsed its decision to establish a task force to expeditiously evaluate and decide on unique projects and technologies which would have a transformative impact on bilateral defence relations and enhance India’s defence industry and military capabilities.

Prime Minister Modi and President Obama welcomed cooperation in the area of military education and training, and endorsed plans for the United States to cooperate with India’s planned National Defence University.

Both leaders decided to expand military-to-military partnerships including expert exchanges, dialogues, and joint training and exercises. They also committed to enhancing exchanges of civilian and military intelligence and consultation.

Prime Minister Modi and President Obama agreed to intensify cooperation in maritime security to ensure freedom of navigation and unimpeded movement of lawful shipping and commercial activity, in accordance with accepted principles of international law.

To achieve this objective, the two sides considered enhancing technology partnerships for the Indian Navy including assessing possible areas of technology cooperation.

They also agreed to upgrade their existing bilateral exercise MALABAR.

Prime Minister Modi and President Obama stated their intention to expand defence cooperation to bolster national, regional, and global security.

They reaffirmed that India and the United States would build an enduring partnership in which both sides treat each other at the same level as their closest partners, including defense technology transfers, trade, research, co-production, and co-development. (ANI)