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Defence Logistics agreement won’t be signed during PM’s US trip

The LEMOA agreement is based on the Logistics Support Agreement signed by US with allies

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Publish Date: May 12 2016 5:29PM | Updated Date: May 12 2016 5:29PM

Defence Logistics agreement won’t be signed during PM’s US trip

The logistic services between India and US are unlikely to happen during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s US visit. The agreements of the Logistics Exchange Memorandum of Agreement (LEMOA) for exchange of military logistics services were announced last month during US Defence Secretary Ashton Carter’s visit in India in early April.

 
The highlight of Carter’s visit was the in-principle announcement by the two countries to sign LEMOA which will allow the militaries of either country to avail logistics facilities on other’s bases as per an established process, provided the two sides agree to it.
 
Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar had then announced that no further comments can be made till the draft of LEMOA is returned by the defence ministry to Pentagon, which he expected to take around four weeks.
 
Senior defence ministry sources however quoted that the draft of LEMOA has still not been shared with the Pentagon. “The process of inter-ministerial consultations is on and our effort is to conclude it as early as possible,” he added.
 
India, US agree to share military supplies and fuel Signing of India-US defence agreements. The LEMOA agreement is based on the Logistics Support Agreement (LSA) signed by the US with its closest allies.