India and the United States have signed an agreement aimed at strengthening military relations.
It was signed by U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and visiting Indian Defense Minister Pranab Mukherjee who wound up his talks in Washington on Wednesday.
The accord calls for the creation of a group to oversee trade and find prospects for technology cooperation. The agreement also calls for expanding missile defense collaboration, increasing intelligence exchanges, expanding two-way defense trade and conducting joint military exercises.
The two sides have also agreed to work on enhancing capabilities to stop the spread of weapons of mass destruction. The pact was signed less than three weeks before Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's visit to Washington.