News in Brief
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and External Affairs Minister Dr S. Jaishankar met US Secretary of Defense Dr Mark T. Esper and Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo in Washington DC on December 18, 2019, for the second annual India-US 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue. This 2+2 Ministerial is the highest-level institutional mechanism between the two countries and provides for a review of the security, defence and strategic partnership between India and the United States. This was the second 2+2 meeting and the first in US. Salient points were:
Earlier, on the morning of December 18, Defence Minister was received at the Pentagon by US Secretary of Defence Dr Mark T. Esper, with a ceremonial Guard of Honour and accorded a 19-gun salute. After the 2+2 meeting, Rajnath Singh, along with Dr S. Jaishankar, called on President at the Oval Office.