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- Govt: There is no dilution of India’s position and no military alliance with the proposed Logistics Exchange Memorandum of Agreement (LEMOA) with the U.S.
- Why? The comments came after the government was accused of joining the U.S. ‘military bloc’ by agreeing to the use of each other’s military bases
- Criticism: LSA, first proposed by the U.S. in 2004, was considered ‘intrusive, and akin to an alliance’ and hence had been rejected by the UPA government
- Govt argument: Projection of LEMOA as a sovereignty issue was a misrepresentation
- How? Indian and U.S. military troops would access each other’s facilities more for technical than political reasons
- In particular, the need for the LSA was felt during humanitarian rescue efforts such as Operation Raahat