NEW DELHI: Army Chief General MM Naravane held talks with Commander of US Special Operations Command General Richard D Clarke on Thursday, focussing on varied key elements of bilateral defence and safety cooperation.
General Clarke is on a three-day go to to India. “General Richard D. Clarke, Commander United States Special Operations Command #USSOCOM known as on General MM Naravane #COAS and mentioned problems with mutual curiosity,” the Army mentioned in a tweet.
General Richard D. Clarke, Commander United States Special Operations Command #USSOCOM known as on General MM Naravane #COAS and mentioned problems with mutual curiosity.#DefenceCooperation pic.twitter.com/YeLhGUxCkg
— ADG PI – INDIAN ARMY (@adgpi) July 29, 2021
Officials mentioned varied dimensions of bilateral defence cooperation, together with methods to additional deepen it, figured within the talks. It is known that General Naravane and General Clarke additionally briefly deliberated on the evolving scenario in Afghanistan.
Before assembly General Naravane, the US official laid a wreath on the National War Memorial. “The go to will improve defence cooperation and army ties between the 2 nations,” the Army mentioned.
Separately, General Naravane additionally held a telephonic dialog with Lieutenant General Charalampos Lalousis, Chief of Hellenic Army General Staff, focussing on defence cooperation between India and Greece.
The Indo-US defence ties have been on an upswing in the previous couple of years. In October final 12 months, India and the United States sealed the Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement (BECA) to additional increase the bilateral defence ties.
The pact offers for sharing of high-end army know-how, logistics and geospatial maps between the 2 international locations.
The firming up of the BECA got here two years after the 2 international locations signed one other pact known as COMCASA (Communications Compatibility and Security Agreement) that gives for interoperability between the 2 militaries and the sale of high-end know-how by the US to India.
In June 2016, the US designated India as a “Major Defence Partner”, meaning to elevate defence commerce and know-how sharing with the nation to a stage commensurate with that of its closest allies and companions.
The two international locations had additionally inked the Logistics Exchange Memorandum of Agreement (LEMOA) in 2016 that permits their militaries to make use of one another’s bases for restore and replenishment of provides in addition to offers for deeper cooperation.