During the meeting, the two countries are expected to conclude a basic agreement on military communications, the Communication and Security Agreement (COMCASA). There are still some final hurdlees to a deal on the Indian side, the Indian Express reported early Wednesday. According to the communication, the United States and India continue their commitment to cooperate to strengthen the global non-proliferation and export control framework and continue to transform bilateral cooperation in export controls to identify the full potential of the global strategic partnership between the two countries. This rule is another in the set of rules that implement mutually agreed reforms between the United States and India to promote global non-proliferation, expand high-tech cooperation and trade, and ultimately facilitate India`s full membership in the four multilateral export control regimes. The STA license exception allows transfers (in the country), but is only required to authorize a transfer (in the country) if an EAR authorization is required. Where a transfer (in the country) is not carried out under the ATS, the requirements referred to in this section do not apply (see note 1 to paragraphs (b)(2) and (b)(3) of this section to the specific requirements for maintenance under the initial licence exclusion sta authorisation and to the concept of « chain completion » for the purposes of « 600 series » elements; initially allowed under the STA license exception). « This regulatory change will improve bilateral defense trade relations and result in a higher volume of U.S. exports to India, » the U.S. Department of Commerce noted.

The amendment comes ahead of a long-awaited first « two plus two » meeting between the United States and India, during which the leaders of the two countries will meet for a high-level consultation on strategic and defense issues. (2) Restrictions on the use of the STA license exception. Notwithstanding the authorisations referred to in point (c) of this Section, the prohibitions and limitations of this paragraph (b)2 shall apply. « This rule implements decisions made by multilateral export control regimes, of which the United States is a supporting member, and the rule promotes the objectives of strategic engagement between the United States and India, » the communication states, « while clarifying that a delay in the implementation of the rule for public comment would compromise foreign policy objectives, which it is supposed to implement. . . .