Narrating the strategic importance of Indo-US relations and how they grew after the Civil-Nuclear deal, inked in 2008, former US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, while speaking in India, has said it helped in ‘lifting sanctions’.. and opened up cooperation in defence and high-technology.
Rice , who was Secretary of state 2005-2009, was at a day-long ‘India Leadership Summit’ hosted by the US-India Strategic Partnership Forum (USISPF) in New Delhi on Monday, October 21.
The former Secretary of State told the audience comprising business leaders of the two countries that she was part of the negotiating team in the George Bush Administration. “The Civil-nuclear deal was not just about energy it was about removing the long- standing sanctions. The deal opened up possibility of cooperation in defence or high-technology.”
India was put under sanctions in 1998 following a thermo-nuclear test. Several of its military equipment and testing facilities were put on the ‘entity list’ that barred any US company from dealing with them.
The Civil-Nuclear deal was done in 2008 amid high political drama in India. And after that high-end technology in military cooperation opened up with the first deal to buy C-130 strategic planes from US company Lockheed Martin. And 11 years later the collective military trade is now close to US $ 18 billion. And since then India has purchased the C-17 heavy lifter, the Boeing P8I, The Chinook CH 47, Apache 64E and the M777 Artillery guns.
New Levels of cooperation: Times have changed, the US had recognised India as a “Major Defence Partner” in 2016, a designation that allows India to buy more advanced and sensitive technologies from America at par with that of the US’ closest allies and partners, and ensures enduring cooperation into the future.
India and the US signed an agreement on exchange of military information — Communications, Compatibility and Security Agreement (COMCASA) in 2018. India-US singed the Logistics Exchange Memorandum of Agreement (LEMOA) in 2016. This allows use of each other logistics and facilities.
IDD Comment: Events narrated by former Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice, teaches both countries to know the importance of the relationship. Be patient. In India things work at a different pace. India and US need each other for global order