New Delhi: In a major development, India and Australia on Thursday inked a landmark deal on allowing access to military bases for logistics support.
The Ministry of External Affairs said that this deal was part of the total seven agreements that have been signed between India and Australia following the first-ever virtual summit between the leaders of the two countries.
Under the Mutual Logistics Support Agreement (MLSA), the two countries’ militaries can use each other's bases to carry out repair and replenishment of supplies besides allowing for scaling up of overall defence ties.
India already has similar agreements with the U.S, France and Singapore.
"Both sides agreed to continue to deepen and broaden defence cooperation by enhancing the scope and complexity of their military exercises and engagement activities to develop new ways to address shared security challenges", a joint statement issued after the talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Australian counterpart Scott Morrison read.
"Both sides agreed to increase military inter-operability through defence exercises through their Arrangement concerning Mutual Logistics Support", the joint statement read further.