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India & Japan sign Agreement on Reciprocal Provision of Supplies and Services 

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India and Japan sign agreementOn September 10, 2020, India and Japan signed an Agreement concerning Reciprocal Provision of Supplies and Services or Acquisition and Cross-Servicing Agreement (ACSA) between the Armed Forces of India and the Self-Defense Forces of Japan.

It establishes a framework for closer cooperation between the Armed Forces of India and Japan in bilateral training activities, United Nations Peacekeeping Operations, Humanitarian International Relief and other mutually agreed activities.

The agreement was signed by Defence Secretary Dr Ajay Kumar and Ambassador of Japan Mr Suzuki Satoshi in New Delhi. 

Key Points:

The agreement will enhance interoperability between the Armed Forces of India and Japan. It will also increase the bilateral defence engagements under Special Strategic and Global Partnership between two countries. 

The Mutual Logistics Pact will ensure a free and open Indo-Pacific region amidst China’s Aggressive Policies.

The ACSA (commonly referred as Mutual Services Logistics Pact) permits Indian Navy access to Japanese bases in Djibouti. 

The Japan Maritime Self Defence Force (JSDF) would be permitted to use India’s military installations in Andaman and Nicobar Islands. 

India has similar pacts with the US, Australia, France and will sign one with Russia in later part of 2020.

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