Japan, India Hope for Early Defense Logistics Pact
New Delhi, Nov. 30 (Jiji Press)--Japan and India held the first meeting of their foreign and defense ministers on Saturday, paving the way for an early conclusion of an agreement on mutual supplies of food and other items between Japan's Self-Defense Forces and the Indian military.
After the "two-plus-two" talks, the ministers said in a joint statement that they "welcomed significant progress made in the negotiations" on concluding the bilateral acquisition and cross-servicing agreement, pinning their hope on signing the pact at an early date.
The two countries aim to sign the agreement during Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's visit to India as early as mid-December, sources familiar with the situation said.
The ACSA pact is aimed at allowing the SDF and the Indian military to share food and ammunition.
The two countries have already started joint exercises between the Indian military and Japan's Ground, Maritime and Air SDF.
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