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Manohar Parrikar to visit US next week, may sign deal on logistics exchange

India and the US had announced the signing of LEMOA during Carter’s visit in April, and it was reiterated during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the US in June.

Written by Sushant Singh | New Delhi | Published: August 24, 2016 12:33 am
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Two top American defence officials will be in Delhi this week ahead of Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar’s visit to the US next week.

The US Secretary of the Navy, Ray Mabus, and US Secretary of the Air Force, Deborah Lee James, will be in India to hold discussions with top Indian defence officials before Parrikar’s visit.

“My visit is a part of what we had both agreed upon when (US Defence Secretary) Ash Carter had come here in April, that we would keep meeting each other regularly so that issues that need to be progressed will get an impetus,” said Parrikar about his US visit from August 29 to September 1.

The Defence Ministry has officially refused to comment on the agenda of Parrikar’s visit, but there is a strong probability that India and the US could sign the Logistics Exchange Memorandum of Agreement (LEMOA) during the trip. Ministry sources said Parrikar would sign the agreement, if it is ready by then.

India and the US had announced the signing of LEMOA during Carter’s visit in April, and it was reiterated during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the US in June.

After the finalisation of the draft agreement between the two sides, the LEMOA has to be processed through inter-ministerial consultations and approved by the cabinet before being signed.

LEMOA is a version of the Logistics Support Agreement (LSA) that the US signs with its NATO allies, but it has been tailor-made for India.

It will allow India and the US to use each other’s military bases for supplies, maintenance and refuelling under a book-debit payment system. So far, each of these transactions has to be cleared on a case-to-case basis and payments made separately in each case.

India can deny the US the use of its facilities for an operational mission Delhi is not comfortable with, sources said.

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    Ramesh Nittoor
    Aug 24, 2016 at 1:13 am
    The security architecture which was initiated by UPA, is now being committed step by step by NDA. This makes for a solid consensus, an imperative for this very long term law making, hence worth the wait. Unlike now defunct SEATO and CENTO pacts; even unlike 1969 treaty with Soviets, this architecture is an unhurried one; most likely thoughtfully negotiated, and on an even keel bilateral basis. It shall therefore most likely be sustainable in a long haul even as India grows into becoming an even more formidable power.
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      rjack
      Aug 24, 2016 at 3:56 am
      why this joker is going to US. He will talk nonsense.
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        sam
        Aug 24, 2016 at 4:05 am
        Any deal signed on Rafael ?
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          Curious onlooker
          Aug 24, 2016 at 3:23 am
          Logistics for what ? To facilitate the supply of American weapons around the world to its bases or for the deployment of US marine corps in India? Parrikar should be more concerned with what military, naval and air force ets he could secure from the US to strengthen India's defense capability.
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            Curious onlooker
            Aug 24, 2016 at 3:40 am
            Security architecture and defense umbrellas have not improved an iota of India's defense capability. India is still vulnerable to threats from middling powers like stan, Somalia etc.
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