US hopes to ink defence pact with India ahead of Modi visit

Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Nisha Desai Biswal.
Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Nisha Desai Biswal - File Photo

WASHINGTON (TIP): The US is hopeful of concluding a key military logistics agreement with India and making progress on other foundational pacts in the defence sector ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit here next month, a top American official has said.

“We are hopeful that progress would be made on some of the foundational agreements including the logistics agreement that might be concluded prior to the (US) visit (of Prime Minister) and we are looking to see if there are other things that we can take on board,” assistant secretary of state for south and central Asia Nisha Desai Biswal told members of the Senate Armed Services Committee during a Congressional hearing on India.

Biswal made the remarks while responding to questions on possibility of signing any security agreements between India and the US during the Prime Minister’s visit.

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