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India and Japan sign pact for reciprocal supplies between their armed forces

The Reciprocal agreement is signed by Defence Secretary Dr Ajay Kumar & Ambassador of Japan Suzuki Satoshi in New Delhi | ANI

India and Japan, on Wednesday (9/9/2020), signed an agreement for reciprocal provision of supplies and services between the Armed Forces of India and The Self-Defense Forces of Japan. An official statement by the Defense Ministry said that the agreement was signed in New Delhi on Wednesday.

“This agreement establishes the enabling framework for closer cooperation between the Armed Forces of India and Japan in the reciprocal provision of supplies and services, while engaged in bilateral training activities, United Nations Peacekeeping Operations, Humanitarian International Relief and other mutually agreed activities,” the statement said.

The agreement will also enhance the interoperability between the Armed Force of India and Japan. This will be increasing the bilateral defence engagements under the Special Strategic and Global Partnership between the two countries, the statement added.

The agreement was signed by the Defence Secretary, Dr Ajay Kumar & Ambassador of Japan, Suzuki Satoshi. Amid the pandemic and Chinese aggression on both the democratic country, the treaty will benefit the defence sector of both the world powers.

Last month India, Japan and Australia signed the Supply Chain Resilience Initiative (SCRI). It is a trilateral pact that will boost the supply chain business among the three countries and will reduce the dependence on China up to a large extent.