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Added on : 2020-10-27 16:07:58

India and the United States on Tuesday signed the Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement (BECA). Defence ministry’s Additional Secretary Jivesh Nandan signed the agreement on behalf of India. The agreement was signed during the 2+2 dialogue between the two countries. Secretary Esper and minister Singh commended the conclusion of the Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement (BECA) during the visit, and welcomed the expansion of information-sharing.

Here is a look at the highlights of the 2+2 dialogue:

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During the 2+2 dialogue the four minister highlighted the growing ties between the two countries and also stressed on the common challenges being faced by both.

Rajnath Singh, defence minister of India
Our economies have suffered losses. We're trying to revive industries and service sectors. Our partnership becomes more important in view of current challenges we're facing. We both believe in rule-based order and democracy.
We are happy that we've completed the BECA (Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement), which will open new avenues in the information sharing. We are eager to discuss further issues with US.

Mark Esper, US states secretary of defence
We've strengthened our defence and security partnership especially over the past year during which we have advanced our regional security and information sharing. Our cooperation meets the challenges of the day and principles of a free and open Indo-Pacific.

Michael Pompeo, US secretary of state
Today is a great opportunity for two great democracies to grow closer. We've a lot to discuss today-to cooperate amid pandemic, to confront Chinese Communist party's threats to security and freedom, to promote peace and stability in the region.

S Jaishankar, external affairs minister of India
Over the last two decades, our bilateral relationship has grown steadily. At a time when it is particularly important to uphold the rules-based international order...together we can make a real difference when it comes to regional and global challenges.

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