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U.S., India Finalize Text On Sharing Military Logistics

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during U.S. visit.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during U.S. visit.

Senior officials in Washington said on June 7 that the United States and India have finalized the text of an agreement on sharing military logistics, and that the deal will be signed “very shortly.”

The text of the agreement was finalized on June 7 during a visit to Washington by India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Modi met at the White House on June 7 with President Barack Obama for talks on the possible defense agreement.

The White House said after those talks that “important progress” was made on security “coordination and cooperation.”

Obama and Modi confirmed after their June 7 talks that the Nuclear Power Corporation of India and U.S.-based Westinghouse are in the final stages of contractual arrangements for a major deal under a civil nuclear accord struck more than a decade ago by the two countries.

Both Obama and Modi welcomed the start of preparatory work on the construction of six nuclear reactors in India that are part of that project.

A joint statement said that when the project is complement, it “would be among the largest of its kind – fulfilling the promise of the U.S.-India civil nuclear agreement and demonstrating a shared commitment to meet India’s growing energy needs while reducing reliance on fossil fuels.”

Modi is scheduled to speak to a joint session of the U.S. Congress on June 8.

Based on reporting by Reuters, AP, and AFP