India, US 2+2 dialogue to be held in September : Sitharaman

New Delhi, July 13: Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Friday said that the twice-deferred two-plus-two dialogue between the foreign and defence ministers of India and the US will happen in the first week of September.

Sitharaman said, ” 2+2 dialogue will happen in September and the agenda will be to develop and strengthen strategic defence cooperation and to follow-on with what had transpired during the meeting with Secretary Defence Mattis.”

On youth joining terrorism in Kashmir, Defence Minister said, “We are keeping an eye on recruitment. We are also focusing on what is motivating them to join terrorism and who is behind motivating them. Also, we are able to eliminate terrorists on the borders itself.”

Terming the United Nations allegations about rights abuses in Kashmir “baseless and fallacious”, Defence Minister said, “The report on Kashmir is prepared sitting somewhere else. Assessment made by the UNHRC is without basis. If only they see what is on the ground. Indian Army shows the maximum restraint.”

“The talks on procurement of S-400 missiles from Russia have reached conclusive stage. Once done, it will take about two and a half to four years to implement, she said.”

The Ministry of External Affairs called the United Nations allegations about rights abuses in Kashmir “baseless and fallacious”, repeating its official stand on a report that India has rejected.

Addressing the press at a weekly briefing, Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said the document “reflected clear bias of an officer who was working without a clear mandate”.

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