New Delhi: United States’ Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin to visit India and will be here on a three day official visit. The senior US government official will be holding talks with India’s Defence minister Rajnath Singh.
Austin will also hold a meeting with India’s National Security Adviser Ajit Doval and will likely discuss China and important regional security issues including Afghanistan during the first visit by a top Biden Administration official to India. This would be the first major interaction between the two sides since Biden assumed charge on January 20.
As per itinery, Austin is expected to reach India at 4 pm today following which he will hold a crucial meeting with his Indian counterpart, Ajit Doval, at around 7 pm in the evening.
On Saturday, Austin will be laying the wreath at the National War Memorial, after which he will hold a bilateral meeting with Indian Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, which will be followed by joint press statements.