Indo-US Joint Dec­la­ra­tion on de­fence co­op­er­a­tion

SP's MAI - - SPOTLIGHT -

In­dia-United States de­fence co­op­er­a­tion and en­gage­ment has in­creased sig­nif­i­cantly over the past decade, in step with the over­all deep­en­ing of In­dioUS re­la­tions. The two na­tions con­tinue to work to­wards achiev­ing the full vi­sion of ex­panded de­fence co­op­er­a­tion set forth in the 2005 New Frame­work Agree­ment.

In this con­text, In­dia and the United States en­dorse the fol­low­ing gen­eral prin­ci­ples for ful­fill­ing this vi­sion: ■ The United States and In­dia share com­mon se­cu­rity in­ter­ests and place each other at the same level as their clos­est part­ners. This prin­ci­ple will ap­ply with re­spect to de­fence tech­nol­ogy trans­fer, trade, re­search, co-de­vel­op­ment and co-pro­duc­tion for de­fence ar­ti­cles and ser­vices, in­clud­ing the most ad­vanced and so­phis­ti­cated tech­nol­ogy. They will work to im­prove li­cens­ing pro­cesses, and, where ap­pli­ca­ble, fol­low ex­pe­dited li­cence ap­proval pro­cesses to fa­cil­i­tate this co­op­er­a­tion. The US and In­dia are also com­mit­ted to pro­tect­ing each other’s sen­si­tive tech­nol­ogy and in­for­ma­tion. ■ The US con­tin­ues to fully sup­port In­dia`s full mem­ber­ship in the four in­ter­na­tional ex­port con­trol regimes, which would fur­ther fa­cil­i­tate tech­nol­ogy shar­ing. ■ The two sides will con­tinue their ef­forts to strengthen mu­tual un­der­stand­ing of their re­spec­tive pro­cure­ment sys­tems and ap­proval pro­cesses, and to ad­dress process-re­lated dif­fi­cul­ties in de­fence trade, tech­nol­ogy trans­fer and col­lab­o­ra­tion. ■ The two sides look for­ward to the iden­ti­fi­ca­tion of spe­cific op­por­tu­ni­ties for co­op­er­a­tive and col­lab­o­ra­tive projects in ad­vanced de­fence tech­nolo­gies and sys­tems, within the next year. Such op­por­tu­ni­ties will be pur­sued by both sides in ac­cor­dance with their na­tional poli­cies and pro­ce­dures, in a man­ner that would re­flect the full po­ten­tial of the re­la­tion­ship.

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