Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has paid tribute to Mahatma Gandhi at his statue here. Singh is in the Hawaiian capital for a brief visit to the Headquarters of the United States Indo-Pacific Command (USINDOPACOM), a unified combatant command of America’s Armed Forces responsible for the key Indo-Pacific region. He arrived here from Washington on Wednesday.
“Paid tributes to Pujya Bapu at his statue in Honolulu, Hawaii,” Singh tweeted on Thursday, sharing a photograph of the event. The USINDOPACOM and Indian military have wide-ranging engagements, including a number of military exercises, training events and exchanges.
Singh along with External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar reached the US on Sunday to attend the India-US ‘2+2’ Ministerial Dialogue in Washington on Monday – the first under the Biden administration.The US side was represented by US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and US Secretary of Defence Lloyd Austin at the dialogue.
Before the 2+2 Dialogue, Singh held a bilateral meeting with Austin and reviewed the entire gamut of Indo-US defence ties and agreed to step up military-to-military relations.Singh and Jaishankar also attended a virtual meeting between US President Joe Biden and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.