India and the United States on Monday signed a key defence pact that will enable both countries to share logistics for supplies, spare parts, services and refueling, ‘The Telegraph’ has reported.
The signing of the Logistics Exchange Memorandum of Agreement, which has been in preparation for over a decade, is one of the highlights of Indian Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar’s three-day visit to Washington.
The Logistics Exchange Memorandum of Agreement (LEMOA) was signed jointly by Indian Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar and US Defence Secretary Ashton Carter, as part of Parrikar’s ongoing trip to the US.
During a joint press conference following the document’s signing, US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter praised the agreement, saying it would aid the “overall maritime security” and contribute to “freedom of navigation” across the world.
Parrikar said: “The forces that seek to undermine our progress and our ways of life require our comprehensive and robust response. We appreciate the support from United States in our efforts to eliminate terrorism in India’s neighbourhood.”