India and the US had announced the signing of LEMOA during Carter’s visit in April, and it was reiterated during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the US in June. Now Manohar Parrikar to visit US next week where he may sign deals on logistics exchange.
The Defence Ministry has officially refused to comment on the agenda of Parrikar’s visit, but there is a strong probability that India and US could sign the Logistics Exchange Memorandum of Agreement (LEMOA) during the trip. Ministry sources said Parrikar would sign the agreement, if it is ready.
Top American defence officials will be in Delhi this week ahead of Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar’s visit to the US next week. The US Secretary of the Navy, Ray Mabus and US Secretary of the Air Force, Deborah Lee James will discuss with top Indian defence officials before Parrikar’s visit.
“My visit is a part of what we had both agreed upon when (US Defence Secretary) Ash Carter had come here in April, that we would keep meeting each other regularly so that issues that need to be progressed,” said Parrikar about his US visit from August 29 to September 1.
LEMOA is a version of Logistics Support Agreement (LSA) that the US signs with its NATO allies, but it has been tailor-made for India. After the finalisation of the draft between the two sides, LEMOA has to be processed through inter-ministerial consultations and approved by the cabinet before being signed.