Agreements Signed By India And The Us
„The BECA agreement is a game change. This is the last of the basic defense agreements signed between the United States and India and one that India had long refused to sign,“ said Michael Kugelman, deputy director of the Asia program at the Wilson Center in the United States. Nancy J. Powell, the U.S. Ambassador to India, resigned after the incident, widely regarded by India as a „fallout of the Imbroglio.“  Some commentators felt that the incident and the reaction could cause greater damage to U.S.-India relations.  Former Finance Minister Yashwant Sinha called for the arrest of same-sex american diplomats, citing the Indian Supreme Court`s compliance with Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, which states that homosexuality is illegal in India.   Former U.S. State Department legal counsel John Bellinger questioned whether the decision to arrest and arrest Khobragade, „smart policy … Although technically permissible“ under the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations, Robert D.
Blackwill, former U.S. ambassador to India from 2001 to 2003, called the incident „stupid.“   Yet relations between the United States and India warmed in the year following the incident, when U.S. President Obama visited India in January 2015.  At the end of 2014, New Delhi had asked the Pentagon for a „non-document“ on basic agreements, but things did not accelerate until after the visit of Manohar Parrikar, then Minister of Defense, to the United States in December 2015. A key pact called „General Security of Military Information“ (GSOMIA) was signed by both countries in 2002. GSOMIA provides specific measures to ensure security standards for the protection of critical information shared by the United States with India. India and the United States have signed a military agreement on the exchange of sensitive satellite data amid Delhi`s tense border dispute with Beijing. Since India had not signed the agreement before, the Indian army had purchased U.S.
platforms without U.S. communications equipment, such as the C-130 Hercules special aircraft and the Globemaster C-17`s strategic relievers. A high-level U.S. legal team had also come to New Delhi to address the concerns of the Indian authorities. The agreement was then signed in the sixth round of the meeting between Parrikar and then U.S. Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter on August 29, 2016. The signing of these agreements is, under U.S. law, mandatory for the United States to enter into military alliances in the export of sensitive equipment.