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The US Secretary of Defense will welcome Rajnath Singh to the Pentagon on Sunday


Defense Secretary Lloyd J Austin III will greet Indian Defense Minister Rajnath Singh during an enhanced honor cordon ceremony at the Pentagon on April 11 (Sunday).

India and the US are expected to hold the 2+2 dialogue between Defense Minister Rajnath Singh, External Affairs Minister (EAM) S Jaishankar and their respective US counterparts on Sunday.

“The dialogue would enable the two parties to undertake a comprehensive review of cross-cutting issues of the Indo-US bilateral agenda related to foreign policy, defense and security with the aim of providing strategic guidance and a vision to consolidate further the relationship,” said a statement from the Department of External Affairs (MEA).

“The 2+2 dialogue will also be an opportunity to exchange views on important regional and global developments and how we can work together to address issues of common interest and concern,” the official added. communicated.

The US State Department informed in a media that the Secretary of State Antony J Blinken and the Secretary of Defense will host their Indian counterparts in Washington DC on Sunday.

“The 2+2 Ministerial Meeting is an important opportunity to advance our shared goals across the U.S.-India strategic partnership, including strengthening our people-to-people ties and cooperation in education. , building diverse and resilient supply chains for critical and emerging technologies, scaling up our climate action and public health cooperation, and developing a trade and investment partnership to increase prosperity for working families in both countries,” the US statement said.

Stating that the dialogue will also be an opportunity to highlight the growing major defense partnership between the United States and India, the US State Department said, “The relationship between the world’s greatest democracies is built on a foundation of common values ​​and resilient democratic institutions, and the shared Indo-Pacific interests of a rules-based international order that preserves sovereignty and territorial integrity, upholds human rights, and expands regional and global peace and prosperity.

EAM, who will visit the United States on April 11-12, will also meet separately with his counterpart, Secretary of State Blinken, and is also expected to meet with senior US administration officials to advance the global strategic partnership between India and the United States, MEA Spokesperson, Arindam. Bagchi informed during a briefing.

Ahead of the 2+2 dialogue, Secretary of State Antony Blinken spoke with EAM Jaishankar on Tuesday in a phone call to review regional and global priorities, including the situation in Ukraine.

The last 2+2 ministerial dialogue between the two countries was held in October 2020 in New Delhi.

India and the United States held a bilateral 2+2 intersessional meeting in September last year in Washington and exchanged assessments on developments in South Asia, the Indo-Pacific region and the West. of the Indian Ocean.

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