Rajnath Singh, India’s defence minister, met with senior executives from Boeing and Raytheon, two American aerospace and defence companies, and asked them to take advantage of legislative initiatives in India to shift from ‘Make in India’ to ‘Make for the World.’
Mr. Singh and External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar arrived in Washington yesterday for the first 2+2 ministerial dialogue between India and the United States during the Biden administration, which will take place on Monday.
“After arriving in Washington, DC, Raksha Mantri Shri @rajnathsingh met with Boeing and Raytheon, two major US aerospace and defence companies. He urged businesses to take advantage of India’s governmental initiatives to move away from ‘Make in India’ and toward ‘Make for the World.’ “Today, the Ministry of Defense sent out a tweet.
On Monday, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin will welcome Mr. Jaishankar and Mr. Singh for the 2+2 ministerial. The importance of the two governments’ bilateral strategic relationship is reflected in the 2+2 ministerial, which will take place in the midst of the Ukrainian crisis.
By convening a virtual meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi from the White House on Monday, President Biden signalled that the 2+2 ministerial will be enhanced.
The two Indian ministers would engage in a virtual meeting with their American counterparts from the White House. The 2+2 ministerial, as well as the individual delegations, will convene at the State Department on Monday afternoon.
According to a press release issued by the Ministry of External Affairs on Thursday, the 2+2 Dialogue will allow both sides to conduct a comprehensive review of cross-cutting issues in the India-US bilateral agenda related to foreign policy, defence, and security, with the goal of providing strategic guidance and vision for further consolidating the relationship.
“The 2+2 Dialogue will also give an opportunity for us to share our perspectives on significant regional and global trends, as well as how we can work together to address problems of mutual interest and concern,” it stated.
The 2+2 Ministerial, according to the State Department, is a critical opportunity to promote our shared priorities within the US-India Strategic Partnership.
On the summit’s significance, it was also mentioned that it is an opportunity to highlight the United States and India’s burgeoning Major Defense Partnership.