Defense pact to be signed

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Mike Pompeo and Mark Esper are in New Delhi for talks with S Jaishankar and Rajnath Singh. (FILE)

New Delhi:

With a focus on regional security cooperation, India and the United States are expected to hold the third 2 + 2 Ministerial Dialogue on Tuesday in which the two sides will sign a military agreement to expand geospatial information sharing between the armed forces of the two countries.

On Monday, India’s Defense Ministry announced that the two sides will sign the Basic Geospatial Cooperation Exchange and Cooperation Agreement (BECA) which would enhance geospatial cooperation between them and likely help improve systems accuracy. missile from India.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defense Secretary Mark Esper arrived in New Delhi on Monday for talks with External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and Defense Minister Rajnath Singh. The timing of the secretaries’ visit is important as the United States begins the presidential election next week.

The visit also comes at a time when India and China are locked in a serious military standoff along the Line of Effective Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh. At the same time, tensions between China and the United States have also exploded over a series of issues.

Here are the updates on the India, US 2 + 2 Dialogue:

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defense Secretary Mark Esper to call Prime Minister Modi
The two visiting secretaries will also visit Prime Minister Narendra Modi at his residence. Later, US officials will leave for Sri Lanka, Maldives and Indonesia.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defense Secretary Mark Esper to visit war memorial
The two American leaders would visit the war memorial and lay wreaths in honor of the soldiers. The 2 + 2 inter-ministerial talks are due to take place today at 10 a.m.

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