Nirmala Sitharaman Reaches J&K To Review Security Situation


New Delhi: Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman reached Jammu and Kashmir on Friday for a two-day visit to take stock of the security situation and review preparedness of soldiers on borders.

At her arrival, Sitharaman was received by Northern Army Commander and the Chinar Corps Commander at the Old Airfield. She is also expected to visit Siachen on September 30. During her visit, she is expected to meet senior commanders as well.

This will be Nirmala Sitharaman’s first visit to the state after she assumed office as the Defence Minister earlier this month. Sitharaman’s visit to the state comes days after Union Minister Jitender Singh said there is need to “change the discourse” around Jammu and Kashmir.

Sitharaman recently held wide-ranging talks with US Defence Secretary James Mattis on cross-border terrorism and dismantling of terrorist safe havens in Pakistan. Mattis was in India two days back. Sitharaman and Mattis held comprehensive talks covering the entire gamut of the bilateral defence partnership. “The situation in our neighbourhood and the growing menace of cross-border terrorism were discussed in depth. There is growing convergence in the approaches of both our countries on this issue,” Sitharaman had said in the joint press conference.