In­dia-United States Joint State­ment

Fol­low­ing is the text of the Indo-US Joint State­ment on the visit of Sec­re­tary of De­fense Dr Ash­ton Carter to In­dia from April 10-13, 2016


The US Sec­re­tary of De­fense Dr Ash­ton Carter is on an of­fi­cial visit to In­dia at the in­vi­ta­tion of Rak­sha Mantri Manohar Par­rikar from April 10-13, 2016. Rak­sha Mantri hosted Sec­re­tary Carter in Goa. They vis­ited the In­dian naval base in Kar­war and the INS Vikra­ma­ditya, the air­craft car­rier. They also vis­ited the USS Blue Ridge which was con­duct­ing a port call in Goa dur­ing the Sec­re­tary’s visit. Sec­re­tary Carter then trav­elled to New Delhi for of­fi­cial talks with Rak­sha Mantri. He also met the Na­tional Se­cu­rity Ad­vi­sor and the Prime Min­is­ter.

The United States and In­dia share a deep and abid­ing in­ter­est in global peace, pros­per­ity, and sta­bil­ity. Bi­lat­eral De­fence co­op­er­a­tion is a key com­po­nent of the strate­gic part­ner­ship be­tween In­dia and the United States. Sec­re­tary Carter’s visit marked the fourth meet­ing be­tween him and Rak­sha Mantri Par­rikar within a year, demon­strat­ing the reg­u­lar min­is­te­rial-level over­sight of the ro­bust and deep­en­ing bi­lat­eral de­fence re­la­tion­ship.

Dur­ing their meet­ing, Rak­sha Mantri Par­rikar and Sec­re­tary Carter re­viewed the im­por­tant steps taken since the sign­ing of the new Frame­work for the US-In­dia De­fence Re­la­tion­ship last June to deepen bi­lat­eral de­fence ties. They dis­cussed the pri­or­i­ties for the com­ing year in de­fence ties, as well as spe­cific steps both sides will take to pur­sue those pri­or­i­ties. Th­ese in­cluded ex­pand­ing col­lab­o­ra­tion un­der the De­fence Tech­nol­ogy and Trade Ini­tia­tive (DTTI); ‘Make in In­dia’ ef­forts of the Govern­ment of In­dia; new op­por­tu­ni­ties to deepen co­op­er­a­tion in mar­itime se­cu­rity and mar­itime do­main aware­ness; mil­i­tary-to-mil­i­tary re­la­tions; the knowl­edge part­ner­ship in the field of de­fence; and re­gional and in­ter­na­tional se­cu­rity mat­ters of mu­tual in­ter­est.

Rak­sha Mantri Par­rikar and Sec­re­tary Carter wel­comed the ef­forts by the In­dian and US armed forces to fur­ther ex­pand col­lab­o­ra­tion in the years to come. They wel­comed plans across our Ser­vices for greater com­plex­ity in their mil­i­tary en­gage­ments and ex­er­cises, in­clud­ing de­vel­op­ing plans for more ad­vanced mar­itime ex­er­cises. Both sides ac­knowl­edged In­dia’s par­tic­i­pa­tion in the Rim-of-thePa­cific (RIMPAC) mul­ti­lat­eral naval ex­er­cise in 2016 as well as par­tic­i­pa­tion by the In­dian Air Force in the mul­ti­lat­eral Red Flag ex­er­cise in April-May 2016 in Alaska and US par­tic­i­pa­tion in the In­ter­na­tional Fleet Re­view of the In­dian Navy at Visakha­p­at­nam in Fe­bru­ary 2016. They ex­pressed their de­sire to ex­plore agree­ments which would fa­cil­i­tate fur­ther ex­pan­sion of bi­lat­eral de­fence co­op­er­a­tion in prac­ti­cal ways. In this re­gard, they an­nounced their in-prin­ci­ple agree­ment to con­clude a Lo­gis­tics Ex­change Mem­o­ran­dum of Agree­ment, and to

con­tinue work­ing to­wards other fa­cil­i­tat­ing agree­ments to en­hance mil­i­tary co­op­er­a­tion and tech­nol­ogy trans­fer.

In sup­port of the In­dia-US Joint Strate­gic Vi­sion for the Asi­aPa­cific and the In­dian Ocean re­gion and the mar­itime se­cu­rity ob­jec­tives therein, both sides agreed to strengthen co­op­er­a­tion in the area of mar­itime se­cu­rity. In this con­text, they reaf­firmed their de­sire to ex­pe­di­tiously con­clude a ‘white ship­ping’ tech­ni­cal ar­range­ment to im­prove data shar­ing on com­mer­cial ship­ping traf­fic. They agreed to com­mence navy-to-navy dis­cus­sions on sub­ma­rine safety and an­ti­sub­ma­rine war­fare. They also agreed to launch a bi­lat­eral Mar­itime Se­cu­rity Di­a­logue, co-chaired by of­fi­cials at the Joint Sec­re­tary/As­sis­tant Sec­re­tary-level of the In­dian Min­istries of De­fence and Ex­ter­nal Af­fairs and the US De­part­ments of De­fense and State.

Sec­re­tary Carter and Rak­sha Mantri Par­rikar reaf­firmed the im­por­tance of safe­guard­ing mar­itime se­cu­rity and en­sur­ing free­dom of nav­i­ga­tion and over flight through­out the re­gion, in­clud­ing in the South China Sea. They vowed their sup­port for a rules­based or­der and re­gional se­cu­rity ar­chi­tec­ture con­ducive to peace and pros­per­ity in the Asia-Pa­cific and the In­dian Ocean, and em­pha­sised their com­mit­ment to work­ing to­gether and with other na­tions to en­sure the se­cu­rity and sta­bil­ity that have been ben­e­fi­cial to the Asia-Pa­cific for decades.

Rak­sha Mantri Par­rikar and Sec­re­tary Carter re­viewed the progress and re­it­er­ated their com­mit­ment to pur­sue co-de­vel­op­ment and co-pro­duc­tion of ad­vanced de­fence ar­ti­cles un­der the DTTI. In this con­text, they agreed to ini­ti­ate two new DTTI pathfinder projects on Dig­i­tal Hel­met Mounted Dis­plays and the Joint Bi­o­log­i­cal Tac­ti­cal De­tec­tion Sys­tem. They com­mended the on­go­ing dis­cus­sions at the Jet En­gine Tech­nol­ogy Joint Work­ing Group ( JETJWG) and the Joint Work­ing Group on Air­craft Car­rier Tech­nol­ogy Coop- er­a­tion ( JWGACTC). They agreed to work to­wards greater co­op­er­a­tion in the field of cut­ting-edge de­fence tech­nolo­gies, in­clud­ing deep­en­ing con­sul­ta­tions on air­craft car­rier de­sign and oper­a­tions, and jet en­gine tech­nol­ogy. They noted the un­der­stand­ing reached to con­clude an in­for­ma­tion ex­change an­nex (IEA) to en­hance data and in­for­ma­tion shar­ing spe­cific to air­craft car­ri­ers.

With the aim of en­cour­ag­ing greater par­tic­i­pa­tion of US de­fence in­dus­tries in the ‘Make in In­dia’ pro­gramme of the Govern­ment of In­dia, Rak­sha Mantri Par­rikar in­formed Sec­re­tary Carter about the re­cently an­nounced De­fence Pro­cure­ment Pol­icy and other re­forms in the In­dian de­fence sec­tor. Both sides agreed to en­cour­age their re­spec­tive de­fence in­dus­tries to de­velop new part­ner­ships in the pur­suit of a range of cut­ting-edge projects. In sup­port of ‘Make in In­dia’, the United States shared two pro­pos­als to bol­ster In­dia’s suite of fighter air­craft for con­sid­er­a­tion of the Govern­ment of In­dia.

Sec­re­tary Carter and Rak­sha Mantri Par­rikar wel­comed the fi­nal­i­sa­tion of four govern­ment-to-govern­ment project agree­ments in the area of sci­ence and tech­nol­ogy co­op­er­a­tion: At­mo­spheric Sciences for High En­ergy Lasers, Cog­ni­tive Tools for Tar­get De­tec­tion, Small In­tel­li­gent Un­manned Aerial Sys­tems, and Blast and Blunt Trau­matic Brain In­jury.

Be­fore de­part­ing In­dia, Sec­re­tary Carter over­saw a repa­tri­a­tion cer­e­mony of US World War II re­mains from In­dia to the United States. Sec­re­tary Carter ex­pressed his grat­i­tude to Rak­sha Mantri Par­rikar and the Govern­ment of In­dia for their sup­port in fa­cil­i­tat­ing the re­cov­ery ef­fort. The In­dian Govern­ment agreed to sup­port Amer­ica’s com­mit­ment to bring­ing its fallen per­son­nel home and pro­vid­ing their fam­i­lies the fullest pos­si­ble ac­count­ing, and looks for­ward to fur­ther hu­man­i­tar­ian mis­sions of this kind over the next few years to re­turn the re­mains of th­ese US heroes to their fam­i­lies.

De­fence Min­is­ter Manohar Par­rikar and his US coun­ter­part Dr Ash­ton Carter at the In­dia-US del­e­ga­tion level talks in New Delhi on April 12, 2016

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