Washington: Defense Minister Rajnath Singh, who arrived in Washington DC on Sunday as part of his five-day US visit, will meet his US counterpart Lloyd J Austin III at the Pentagon on Monday. He will be in the US from April 10 to April 15 to hold talks with the US leadership on ways to deepen the India-US strategic partnership.
In a tweet on Saturday, the Defense Minister said, “I look forward to participating in the 4th India-US 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue in Washington DC. Also, I will be visiting Indopacom headquarters in Hawaii during this visit.” Defense Secretary Lloyd J Austin III will receive Defense Minister Rajnath Singh at a solemn felicitation ceremony at the Pentagon on April 11.
India and the US are set to hold 2+2 talks on Monday between Defense Minister Rajnath Singh, External Affairs Minister (EAM) S Jaishankar and their respective US counterparts. “The talks will enable the two sides to comprehensively review cross-cutting issues in the India-US bilateral agenda related to foreign policy, defense and security, with the aim of providing strategic guidance and a vision to further strengthen the relationship. ” The statement of the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) read.
“The 2+2 dialogue will provide an opportunity to exchange views about important regional and global developments and how we can work together to address issues of common interest and concern,” the statement said. Secretary of State, who will visit the US on April 11-12, will also meet separately with his counterpart, Secretary of State Blinken, and will also meet senior members of the US administration to advance the India-US Strategic Global Partnership, Ministry of State Spokesperson Arindam Bagchi gave this information during the briefing.
Ahead of the 2+2 talks, External Affairs Minister Antony Blinken on Tuesday called on External Affairs Minister Jaishankar to review regional and global priorities, including the situation in Ukraine. The last 2+2 ministerial talks between the two countries were held in New Delhi in October 2020. India and the United States held a bilateral 2+2 inter-sessional meeting in Washington in September last year and exchanged assessments on developments in South Asia, the Indo-Pacific region and the western Indian Ocean. Ahead of the 2+2 talks between India and the US, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to hold a virtual meeting with US President Joe Biden on Monday.