Defence cooperation Current Affairs - 2019
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India and Uganda signed four MoUs in the areas of defence cooperation, visa exemption for official and diplomatic passport holders, cultural exchange programme and material testing laboratory. The agreements were inked following delegation-level talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni in Kampala.
Signed Agreements are
- MoU on Defence Cooperation
- MoU on Visa exemption for Diplomatic and official passport holders.
- MoU on Cultural Exchange Programme.
- MoU on Material Testing Laboratory.
Highlights of bilateral meeting
Both leaders comprehensively reviewed all aspects of bilateral relations. India announced two Lines of Credit worth nearly US $200 million to Uganda in energy, infrastructure, agriculture and dairy sectors. India announced to continue to play a stable partner in the country’s journey towards development. It also announced to give vehicles, ambulances and cancer therapy machine to Uganda.
India retired its commitment of training, capacity building and infrastructure creation are core areas of cooperation between both countries. Both countries also agreed to work together in trade, investment and tourism sectors, supporting mutual prosperity through reciprocity.
Significance of Visit
PM Modi visited Uganda on the second leg of his three-African nations tour after concluding his Rwanda visit. After concluding his Uganda visit, he will visit South Africa to attend 10th BRICS Summit at Johannesburg. It was first visit by Indian Prime Minister to Uganad in over 20 years. PM Modi also delivered keynote address at Ugandan Parliament, making him first Indian PM to do so.
The inaugural India, United States 2+2 Dialogue will be held on July 6, 2018 in Washington. DC, capital city of US. The dialogue will focus on strengthening strategic, security, and defence cooperation as both countries jointly confront global challenges. It is seen as a vehicle to elevate the strategic relationship between two countries.
In inaugural 2+2 Dialogue, US Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo and Secretary of Defense James Mattis will host External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman. Under it, both countries are expected to share perspectives on strengthening their strategic and security ties and exchange views on range of bilateral, regional and global issues of mutual interest.
The new dialogue format was agreed to between two countries during visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to US in June, 2017. It will replace earlier India-US Strategic and Commercial Dialogue. It is similar to India-Japan 2+2 dialogue format between foreign and defence secretaries of the two countries.
The 2+2 Dialogue between US and India aims enhance strategic coordination between both countries and maintaining peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region. It will put strategic, defence and security relationship between the two countries at the forefront and centre stage.
It will enhance strategic coordination between the two nations and also elevate strategic consultations between both countries. It will insulate India-US strategic relationship from feuds over trade issues and deep divide on economic integration policies as trade and commercial issues were discussed in Strategic and Commercial Dialogue earlier.