An intense “2 plus 2” dialogue embarked the inking of “COMCASA” strategy between India and US. Comcasa is a defence pact that breaks the historical barriers, allowing India to access encrypted technologies and a scathing call against Pakistan to cease terror agents.
The strategic dialogue and agreements commit New Delhi and Washington to work together on the open seas, with critical importance on Indo-Pacific with its reference to China, sensitive technology and counter-terrorism.
Despite the actions against terrorism, trade and economic disputes are still not resolved. For a special gesture, Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj and Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman received their counterparts Mike Pompeo and James Mattis at the airport on Wednesday evening.
The increase of terror agents by Pakistan closely reflect the major concern of India and a growing restlessness of the Trump administration with Islamabad backing anti-US Taliban in Afghanistan awaits the new government’s actions.
As per the sources, the four leaders set a broad perception and described the talk as “positive and constructive”. With the harmony of both the sides, Pompeo and Mattis called on PM Narendra Modi.
The most important highlight was the signing of the Communications, Compatibility and Security Agreement (COMCASA) which was under construction from quite long. The agreement facilitates the access to “advanced defence systems and enable India to optimally utilize its existing US-origin platforms”, a joint venture statement.
“The ministers denounced any use of terrorist proxies in the region, and in this context, they called on Pakistan to ensure that the territory under its control is not used to launch terrorist attacks on other countries”, said the joint statement.
While discussing the Iran sanctions, US clarified that it expects sharp deductions of energy imports by India, but did not mention the numbers. Swaraj insisted India was an energy-reliant economy and India had been developing the port as an access to Afghanistan free of Pakistan’s influence.