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U.S. keen on finalising BECA at 2+2 dialogue

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U.S. keen on finalising BECA at 2+2 dialogue:


Context:

The U.S. is expecting India to sign the last foundational agreement, Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement for Geo-Spatial cooperation (BECA), at the next India-U.S. 2+2 ministerial dialogue likely to held in October end.

Foundational agreements between India and the US:

So far, India has signed three foundational agreements:

  1. The Logistics Exchange Memorandum of Agreement (LEMOA).
  2. The Communications Compatibility and Security Agreement (COMCASA).
  3. The General Security of Military Information Agreement (GSOMIA) was signed a long time ago. An extension to the GSOMIA, the Industrial Security Annex (ISA), was signed at the last 2+2 dialogue.

What is BECA?

This agreement would facilitate exchange of geospatial information between India and United States for both military and civilian use.

Significance and benefits for India from BECA:

BECA will allow India to use US expertise on geospatial intelligence and to enhance military accuracy of automated hardware systems and weapons like cruise, ballistic missiles and drones.

What is 2+2 Dialogue?

The 2+2 dialogue is the highest-level institutional mechanism between India and USA that brings together the perspectives of the two countries on foreign policy, defence and strategic issues.

The new dialogue format was agreed to between the India and the US during the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Washington D.C. in June, 2017.

  • The dialogue mechanism includes defence and foreign ministers of the two countries.
  • It replaced India-U.S. Strategic and Commercial Dialogue for trade and commercial issues.

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Prelims Link:

  1. What are foundational agreements?
  2. About BECA.
  3. Agreements signed by India and the US.
  4. What is 2+2 Dialogue?
  5. Countries having 2+2 dialogue mechanism with India.

Sources: the Hindu.