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U.S. India Bilateral Understanding

On November 8, 2014, President Obama and Prime Minister Singh of India released a joint statement, agreeing to “expand and strengthen the India-U.S. global strategic partnership”. Vowing to work together in key industries like civil space and defense, they agreed that a U.S.-India partnership was not only a positive for their nations but also for “global stability and prosperity”.  The joint statement laid out a range of programs and ideas that clarified this vision.


On January 25, the Commerce Department issued the first rule in a series of rules designed to implement what was agreed to in this joint statement. The EAR will be amended so that India will no longer be included among countries requiring licenses for Crime Controls or Regional Stability reasons, per Supplement No. 1 to Part 738 of the EAR. Additionally, the U.S. removed Indian defense and space related entities from the Entity List. Finally, the U.S. pledges to “support India’s full membership in the four multilateral export control regimes…in a phased manner”.


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