New Delhi, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh reached Hawaii on April 12 for a visit to the Headquarters of United States Indo-Pacific Command (USINDOPACOM).
On his arrival from Washington DC, Rajnath Singh was received by Commander, USINDOPACOM Admiral John Aquilino. The USINDOPACOM and Indian military have wide-ranging engagements, including a number of military exercises, training events and exchanges.
The Defence Minister will visit the USINDOPACOM headquarters, Pacific Fleet and the training facilities in Hawaii on April 13 before returning to India. He is also expected to lay wreath at National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific and visit Headquarters of US Army Pacific and Pacific Air Forces, during his brief stay in Hawaii.
In Washington DC, US President Joe Biden held a virtual meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the presence of Defence Minister Singh, External Affairs Minister Dr. S. Jaishankar, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and US Secretary of Defence Lloyd Austin.
Later, the Defence Minister and External Affairs Minister had co-chaired with their US counterparts the Fourth India-US Ministerial 2+2 Dialogue on April 11. A Joint Statement was issued after the dialogue. Before the 2+2 Dialogue, Rajnath Singh held a bilateral meeting with US Secretary of Defence separately in Pentagon.