In a statement from Japan`s Foreign Ministry, he said the agreement would promote closer cooperation between the two countries` military and allow them to actively contribute to international peace and security. The third clause of Article 2 of the agreement expressly states that this list of services “should not be construed as including the supply of weapons or ammunition by the Self-Defense Forces of Japan or the Indian Armed Forces.” “The agreement provides the framework for closer cooperation between the armed forces of India and Japan on the reciprocal provision of supplies and services,” he said. The buyout and cross-service pact was signed by Defense Minister Ajay Kumar and Japanese Ambassador Suzuki Satoshi, a Defense Ministry spokesman said thursday. New Delhi: A week before Shinzo Abe`s departure, Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke of common memories with his “dear friend” and announced the signing of the much-anticipated military logistics agreement. The signing of the agreement comes at a time when India is caught up in a bitter border dispute with China and countries in the region are increasingly concerned about China`s persuasive power in the Indo-Pacific region. Similarly, the Indian press release states that the agreement will contribute to “peace and security in the Indo-Pacific region.” The agreement will also improve interoperability between the Indian armed forces and Japan and, as part of the strategic and global partnership between the two countries, defence operations at the bilateral level will increase significantly. As already stated by Financial Express Online, the Cross-Acquisition and Service Agreement (CASA) will provide access to the assistance and services of the other party during bilateral exercises and trainings, United Nations peacekeeping operations and other humanitarian activities. Such an agreement is also known as Mutual Logistics Services Pact – which India already has with some countries, including the United States, France, Australia. A similar agreement will be discussed with Russia and will be discussed when heads of state and government meet next month in New Delhi for the annual summit.
An agreement on mutual supply and services between the armed forces of the two countries was concluded in New Delhi in the run-up to the annual Indojapain summit. The two countries worked hard to conclude this acquisition agreement and cross-service agreement. The date and agenda of the annual India-Japan summit have yet to be set. “The agreement should facilitate the smooth and rapid delivery of supplies and services between Japan`s self-defense forces and the Indian armed forces,” he said. The agreement provides for the creation of a framework for closer cooperation and interoperability and does not allow military personnel from both countries to use each other`s bases and facilities for repair and replenishment of supplies, the official said.