The United States Secretary of Defence Mark Esper thanked his Indian counterpart Rajnath Singh for hosting a successful meeting ahead of the 2+2 ministerial-level talks that were held at Hyderabad House in New Delhi today.
Mark Esper said that the partnership between India and the United States is important to peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region. The two countries signed the Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement (BECA) following which the officials held a joint press conference.
“We’ve strengthened our defence & security partnership especially over the past year during which we advanced our regional security & information sharing. Our cooperation meets the challenges of the day & principles of a free and open Indo-Pacific,” Esper said after the signing of the agreement.
Indian Defence minister Rajnath Singh said that the BECA deal would open new avenues in information sharing as it would allow India to use global geospatial maps of the United States for accuracy of stand-off weapons like cruise and ballistic missiles.