The Australia-India Mutual Logistics Support Agreement and the Defence Science and Technology Implementation Agreement provide a framework for deepening defence cooperation between the two countries. The Mutual Logistics Support Agreement (MLSA) will allow military personnel from both countries to use the other country`s bases for repairing and filling supplies, while facilitating the development of all defence cooperation. He said the finance, trade and defence ministers of both sides would intensify negotiations in the coming future in order to enhance relations in a post-covid world. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Australian counterpart Scott Morrison signed a crucial defence agreement and improved relations with a comprehensive strategic partnership as the two nations through difficult relations with China. The agreement, which Morrison confirmed in his opening remarks to a virtual summit between heads of state and government on Thursday, could allow both nations access to bases and ports of the other and strengthen their defense relations. The mutual logistics pact is similar to an agreement signed by India with the United States in 2016. They began their first bilateral naval exercise “AUSINDEX” in 2015, focusing on deepening cooperation in defence and maritime cooperation, particularly in the Indian Ocean. The third AUSINDEX event, which takes place every two years, took place last April in the Bay of Bengal. India and Australia today reached an opening agreement on reciprocal access to military logistics support bases, in addition to consolidating six other pacts to further expand relations, following an online summit by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Australian counterpart Scott Morrison. India and Australia have signed a historic agreement authorizing the use of each other`s military bases.
India has already signed similar agreements with the United States, France and Singapore. Over the years, India and Australia have sought to strengthen defence cooperation, particularly in the Indo-Pacific region. Today`s agreements on cyber, science and infrastructure will help deepen trade, Morrison said. The two countries will also continue their meetings between the foreign and defence ministers to strengthen relations. Australia`s merchandise trade with India for the year end of June 2019 was AU$21.1 billion ($14.6 billion), according to the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. The mutual logistical support agreement was signed on Thursday at a virtual summit between Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Australian counterpart Scott Morrison. New Delhi: India and Australia pledged on Thursday to revalue their relations at the “comprehensive strategic partnership” level, although they both signed the long-standing Mutual Logistics Support agreement, which paves the way for closer defence cooperation. Relations between the two nations were revalued in 2009 as a “strategic partnership.” Since then, the two countries have strengthened cooperation in a number of key areas. The two sides also signed nine pacts, including the Joint Declaration on a Comprehensive Strategic Partnership, the Mutual Logistics Support Agreement and the Joint Declaration on a Common Vision of Maritime Cooperation in the Indo-Pacific and the Protocol on Cooperation in the Extraction and Processing of Critical and Strategic Minerals. Morrison said he was missing the “cuddle mode” and shared a plate of “Gujarati khichdi” with him. Modi also said that maintaining and respecting “democracy, the rule of law, freedom, mutual respect and respect for international institutions” was a “sacred responsibility” for both countries.