With the exception of Japan, India has signed similar agreements with the United States and Australia. The signing of the agreement comes at a time when India is caught up in a bitter border dispute with China. In June, India and Australia sealed a similar mutual logistics support agreement (MLSA) as they decided to step up their defence cooperation. The agreement provides for the creation of a framework for closer cooperation and interoperability and does not allow military personnel from both countries to use each other`s bases and facilities for repair and replenishment of supplies, the official said. Defense Minister Ajay Kumar (left) and Japanese Ambassador Suzuki Satoshi at the signing of an agreement between the two countries on the reciprocal provision of supplies and services between India`s armed forces and Japan`s self-defense forces in New Delhi on Wednesday – PTI said an official statement that the agreement was signed in New Delhi on Wednesday. The deal comes at a time when India and China are in a face-off along the real line of control (LAC). After years of negotiations, India and Japan have reached a pioneering agreement that will allow their military to access each other`s bases for logistical support, a key development that comes amid growing concerns about China`s military muscle power in the region. India and Japan have signed an agreement between the two countries on the reciprocal provision of supplies and services between the Indian armed forces and Japan`s self-defense forces. The agreement was signed here yesterday by The Minister of Defense, Dr. Ajay Kumar, and the Japanese Ambassador Suzuki Satoshi.

India and Japan have signed an agreement on the reciprocal provision of supplies and services between the Indian armed forces and Japan`s self-defence forces. India has already signed similar agreements with the United States, France and Singapore. India has signed the MLSA with nations that are primarily considering closer maritime cooperation, which is important given China`s rapid military expansion into the Pacific Ocean, the Indian Ocean and the South China Sea. New Delhi: India and Japan have signed the agreement on the reciprocal provision of supplies and services, which increases interoperability between the armed forces of the two countries. The agreement aims to enable “rapid and rapid provision of supplies and services” between the two sides, promote closer cooperation between Japan`s self-defence forces and the Indian armed forces, and enable them to actively contribute to international peace and security, he said. The agreement will remain in force for 10 years and will be automatically renewed for a period of 10 years, unless one of the parties decides to end it. Modi, Abe say the deal will contribute to peace in the region, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday conveyed his thanks to his outgoing Japanese counterpart, Shinzo Abe, for his personal commitment and leadership in strengthening relations between India and Japan. The Heads of State and Government also welcomed the signing of a mutual logistical support agreement. “They agreed that the agreement would further improve defence cooperation between the two countries and contribute to peace and security in the Indo-Pacific region,” the MEA said. PTI “The agreement establishes a framework such as comparison procedures for the reciprocal provision of supplies and services between Japan`s self-defense forces and the Indian armed forces,” Japan`s Foreign Ministry said in a statement.