India France Logistics Agreement

Other strategic arrangements include an agreement on preventing illicit consumption and reducing illicit drug trafficking. The agreement will have a direct impact on the financing of terrorism, which is largely dependent on narcotics and drug trafficking. Indian Defense Minister Dr. Ajay Kumar and Japan`s Ambassador to India Suzuki Satoshi put ink on paper to conclude the agreement on behalf of each other`s nation. Since October 2018, the two countries have been negotiating the agreement. The signing of these agreements runs counter to India`s growing maritime engagement with the Indo-Pacific Navies. The Indian Navy is currently conducting bilateral naval exercises with fourteen navies and coordinated patrols with four, most of which are in the Indo-Pacific. The last joint India-Singapore-Thailand maritime exercise, held on September 16, 2019 in Port Blair, expanded the Indian Navy`s repertoire to include joint exercises in the region5. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and French President Emmanuel Macron attended the exchange of agreements between India and France at Hyderabad House in New Delhi on Saturday. (Photo: GDP) Defense officials said the pact was long overdue because of deep defense and strategic cooperation between the two countries. The Russian agreement gives India access to its Facilities in the Arctic, which foresees an increase in global activity, due to the opening of new shipping routes and available resources, said a third official.

India has signed similar logistics-sharing pacts with the United States, France and Australia, while discussions are ongoing on the conclusion of the agreement with Japan. Under the agreement, warships from both countries will have access to reciprocal ports and exclusive economic zones to resupply and recover stocks. One of the most important agreements is a reciprocal logistical support agreement between the Indian and French armed forces. The agreement, which Prime Minister Narendra Modi described as a “golden step” in his joint statement with Macron, will allow French and Indian forces to benefit from logistical support, supplies and services during authorized port visits, joint exercises, joint training, humanitarian aid and disaster relief. Prior to these agreements, Indian warships sent by the mission were forced to regularly replenish their fuel and logistics stockpiles, either from a ship in the Indian naval fleet stationed in the region or through entry to the nearest Indian or foreign port. The signing of these agreements allowed Indian warships to extend their “sea feet” to the station by purchasing fuel from ships in the naval fleet of partner countries in the region or by entering their ports. Logistics agreements are administrative arrangements that help facilitate the recovery of fuel, rations, spare parts (if necessary) as well as berths and maintenance stations for warships, military aircraft and troops from other countries during routine port gatherings, exercises and training in other countries` countries. , as well as during humanitarian and disaster relief (HADR).