EXCHANGE OF NOTES CONSTITUTING AN AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND INDIA RELATING TO MUTUAL DEFENCE ASSISTANCE
Washington, 7 and 16 March 1951
DEPARTMENT OF STATE WASHINGTON
March 7, 1951
I have the honor to address your Excellency concerning the request of the Government of India for the transfer of certain items of
military supplies and equipment by the Government of the United States of America.
There are certain assurances and undertakings by; the Government of India which the Government of the United States of America must
obtain before completing any transaction under Section 408 (e) of the Mutual Defense Assistance Act of 1949, (Public Law 329, 81st
Congress) as amended by Public Law 621, 81st Congress.
The Government of the United States of America understands the Government of India is prepared to agree to use such items as may be
provided to foster international peace and security within the framework of the Charter of the United Nations through measures which
will further the ability of nations dedicated to the principles and purposes of the Charter to participate effectively in arrangements
for individual and collective self-defence in support of those purposes and principles; and, moreover, that the items to be provided
by the Government of the United States of America are required by the Government of India to maintain its internal security, its
legitimate self-defence or permit it to participate in the defense of the area of which it is a part, and that it will not undertake
any act of aggression against any other state.
The Government of the United States of America understands also that the Government of India will obtain the consent of the Government
of the United States of America prior to the transfer of title to or possession of any equipment, materials, information, or services
furnished, will take appropriate measures to protect the security of any article, service, or information furnished, and agrees to
the Government of the United States of America's retaining the privilege of diverting items of equipment or of not completing services
undertaken if such action is dictated by considerations of United States national interest. Finally, the Government of the United
States of America understands that the Government of India is prepared to accept terms and conditions of payment for the items transferred,
to be agreed upon between the Government of the United States of America and the Government of India, which accord with the terms
of Section 408 (e) of the Mutual Defense Assistance Act of 1949, as amended.
A reply to the effect that these understandings are correct wi] be considered as constituting an agreement between the Government
of the United States of America and the Government of India, which shall come into force on the date of the note in reply from the
Government of India.
Accept, Excellency, the renewed assurances of my highest consideration.
JAMES E. WEBB II
Her Excellency VIJAYA LAKSHMI PANDIT
Ambassador of India (Sd./-)
EMBASSY OF INDIA
WASHINGTON, D. C
16th March, 1951
I have the honour to refer to your letter dated 7th March regarding the transfer of certain items of military supplies and equipment
by the Government of the United States of America to the Government of India under the terms, assurances and undertakings which are
to the effect as follows:
[See note I] The terms, conditions and assurances affecting such a transfer as quoted above have been carefully considered and I have
the honour to inform you that the Government of India are in agreement with the terms, conditions and assurances proposed.
I avail myself of the opportunity to convey to you, Mr. Secretary, the assurances of my highest consideration.
The Honourable Secretary of State, Washington 25, D. C.
(Sd.) VIJAYA LAKSHMI PANDIT
Ambassador of India.