The Defence Secretary of the United States, Lloyd Austin will be Arriving in India today. It will be the first time when any top official from US President Joe Biden Cabinet will be arriving in India.
Why He is Visiting India?
It is planned that Lloyd has fixed a meeting with Ajit Doval and S. Jaishankar on arrival. Ajit Doval is acting as Indian National Security Advisor & Jaishankar is the external affairs minister.
Lloyd will also be meeting Rajnath Singh, Defence Minister of India. Wide range of issues will be on table in this three-days visit of U.S. counterpart.
Both the countries will be discussing about strengthening bilateral defence co-operation. India and the U.S will exchange their views on regional security challenges along with common interests. This will be for an inclusive and open Indo-pacific region.
Before departure, Austin will be connecting Prime Minister Modi over a call. Line of Actual Control (LAC) that is India-China Border face-off in Eastern Ladakh will also be the point of discussion.