Defence

Maritime Intel sharing pact likely during 2+2 meeting with the US

By ET News

India and the United States are likely to sign a Maritime Information Sharing Technical Arrangement (Mista) during the 2+2 (foreign and defence) meeting in New Delhi on October 26 and 27. Mista will make information and intelligence sharing smoother in the maritime domain, ET has learnt.

The naval intelligence sharing mechanism will help India as it steps up its presence across the Indo-Pacific region, according to persons familiar with the mechanism.

The pact is expected to work as a counter to China’s growing maritime ambitions in the Indo-Pacific region, including the Indian Ocean Region India’s maritime defence partnership with US has been robust with joint exercises, information sharing and logistics pact between the two navies.

The US also intends to increase collaboration with Maldives and Bangladesh to establish a free and open Indo-Pacific region.

During the 2+2 summit, the two sides will explore a Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement for sharing of geospatial information. However, internal discussions in India needs to be completed by then, a person familiar with the issue said.

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