India and the United States of America signed the Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement For Geospatial Cooperation on October 27. This allows for India and the US to share military intelligence, particularly, military satellite surveillance.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Secretary of Defence Mark Asper met Indian Defence minister Rajnath Singh and Foreign minister S. Jaishankar to finalize the pact.
The deal was signed during the recent 2+2 meeting that took place in New Delhi recently. The deal gives the Indian military access to important data for the firing of missiles, drones and other armed objects with surgical precision.
What do the leaders think about this?
Mike Pompeo, U.S Secretary of State, told reporters, “There is a battle in the world between freedom and authoritarianism, and India, like the United States has chosen democracy, freedom, sovereignty and all the things that the people of India care so deeply about. When confronted by tyranny, like the Chinese Communist Party, you can be sure that the U.S will stand alongside its partners. There’s things that India can do that we can’t and there’s things both of the countries can achieve together. As India has now confronted this challenge up in the north, The United States is ready to do the things it can do to help deliver safety and security to the Indian people. I’m confident that India would do the same for us all around the world.”
Indian foreign minister S. Jaishankar told to the press, “At a time when it is particularly important to uphold a rules-based international order, the ability of India and the US to work closely in defence and foreign policy has a larger resonance. Together, we can make a real difference when it comes to regional and global challenges, whether it is in respecting territorial integrity, promoting maritime domain awareness, countering terrorism or ensuring prosperity.”