On Thursday, India and Japan held their annual summit in an eccentric way over the telephone as Delhi and Tokyo signed a key agreement ‘Mutual Logistic Pact’ for reciprocal provision of supplies and services between their navies, which would strongly enhance military cooperation and would generate additional regional security among the two countries.
Agreement welcomed over a phonic conversation
Japanese ambassador Satoshi Suzuki and defense secretary Ajay Kumar signed The Acquisition and Cross-Servicing Agreement (ACSA) between V India’s armed forces and Japan’s Self-Defense Forces in New Delhi, on Wednesday. on Thursday, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi welcomed the signing of the agreement over a 30-minute phone conversation stating that the pact would promote the military cooperation between the armed forces of the two countries. The signing of the pact was put on hold after the Japanese Prime Minister decided to step down over his health reasons. Despite the fact, both countries decided to go ahead with the agreement with leadership level dialogue.
Pact for the smooth provision of supplies and services
The supplies and services covered by the pact include food, water, transportation, including airlift, petroleum, clothing, communications and medical services, use of facilities, spares, and components, and repair and maintenance services.
The agreement covers the reciprocal provision of supplies and services during joint exercises and training missions, UN peacekeeping operations, humanitarian relief operations, operations to cope with disasters in the territory of both parties or a third country, and evacuation of nationals of India and Japan from overseas.
The pact will help India amid tension over China
India has already signed similar agreements with the US, Australia, France, Oma, and Singapore. The pact will continue for 10 years and will automatically be renewed for another 10 years unless one of the countries decides to terminate the agreement. This pact has been signed in an important period while there is tension among India and China at LAC. This agreement will help India to attain a strong position against China.