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Having returned from a successful three-nation tour to the Middle East, covering countries including the war-torn Syria, Iraq and Lebanon, Minister of State for External Affairs M J Akbar observed that radicalism which is rampant in that part of the world finds an 'ideological answer' in India, writes Chayanika Saxena for South Asia Monitor.

 

The signing of a military pact with the US is only the latest in a series of steps that India is taking to emerge as the major security provider in the Indo-Pacific. While this is an admirable goal, New Delhi must take care to build a win-win matrix that includes Russia and China.

 

Last week, India and the United States quietly signed the Logistics Exchange Memorandum of Agreement (LEMOA). The agreement had been under discussion since 2002. NDA I and the UPA government, especially the ministry of defence under Mr AK Antony, were not in favour.

 
 

With China the elephant in the room, India and Vietnam demonstrably deepened ties from one of “Strategic Partnership” to “Comprehensive Strategic Partnership” while significantly deepening defence and security engagement with the Southeast Asian to advance,  in what Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, was "our common interests”.

 

India on Saturday signed an agreement to provide patrol boats and extended a $500-million line of credit in the defence sector to Vietnam in a clear sign of New Delhi boosting its presence in southeast Asia's geopolitical scenario.

 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday described Egypt as a natural bridge between Asia and Africa following bilateral talks between him and visiting Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El Sisi, writes Tarun Basu for South Asia Monitor.

 

Having returned from a successful three-nation tour to the Middle East, covering countries including the war-torn Syria, Iraq and Lebanon, Minister of State for External Affairs M J Akbar observed that radicalism which is rampant in that part of the world finds an 'ideological answer' in India, writes Chayanika Saxena for South Asia Monitor.

 
As a modified version of the standard Logistics Support Agreement (LSA) that the US requires its allies to agree to, LEMOA is supposed to meet India’s needs without compromising its independent standing. The statement by the Ministry of Defence (MoD) sought to be reassuring on this count, saying, “The Agreement does not create any obligations on either Party to carry out any joint activity. It does not provide for the establishment of any bases or basing arrangements.”  
 

The signing of the Logistics Exchange Memorandum of Agreement (LEMOA) by Defence Minister Parrikar in Washington DC with his US counterpart Dr. Ash Carter is a positive development - albeit long delayed, writes C. Uday Bhaskar for South Asia Monitor.

 

The tone and tenor of the Prime Minister’s Independence Day speech, addressing the nation from the ramparts of Red Fort on August 15, indicated fairly that the Government of India had made up its mind to take the gloves off in the fight against Pakistan-sponsored separatists in Jammu and Kashmir.

 
 


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