The bilateral meeting between Mattis and Sitharaman would take place on the sidelines of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations Defence Ministers' Meeting in the Philippines that begins today and ends on October 25.
Kiltan is the latest indigenous warship after Shivalik class, Kolkata class and sister ships INS Kamorta and INS Kadmatt to have joined the Indian Navy's arsenal wherein a plethora of weapons and sensors have been integrated to provide a Common Operational Picture (COP), an official release said.
Two short video clips of her interaction with the Chinese soldiers yesterday were posted today by the Defence Minister's official Twitter handle.
The maiden visit of the minister to the Eastern Command is part of her familiarisation with the formations of the Army and the Air Force.
The government in August had unveiled an ambitious reform initiative for the Indian Army based on recommendations of a committee headed by Lt Gen (retd) D B Shekatkar which was tasked with suggesting steps to enhance combat capability of the armed forces.
Sale of F-16 and F18A to India will be high on the defence secretary's agenda which the Trump administration is keen to sell in a deal worth USD 15 billion.
After her elevation as defence minister, Sitharaman has become a member of the cabinet committee on security headed by the prime minister. Finance Minister Arun Jaitely was till recently holding the additional charge of defence after Manohar Parrikar quit the Union Cabinet in March.
It had also been decided that the Defence Acquisition Council, the highest decision making body on defence procurements, would meet on a fortnightly basis to ensure a time-bound clearance of proposals on military acquisition.
The minister said she would visit Sir Creek to ascertain what needs to be done for the defence of Gujarat's border and spend some time with the security force personnel posted there to boost their morale.
To a question on Army chief General Bipin Rawat's statement that India should be prepared for a two-front war with China and Pakistan, the defence minister evaded a direct reply and said that it would be her priority that there was no dearth in preparedness of defence forces.
Army Chief General Bipin Rawat today called on newly-appointed Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and apprised her of the overall security preparedness of the Army and the situation along the borders with China and Pakistan.
Sitharaman was elevated to the cabinet rank on Sunday and given the defence portfolio.
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Suresh Prabhu is taking charge of the commerce department at a time when export growth is waning. Export growth fell to an eight-month low of 3.94 per cent in July, while trade deficit widened to USD 11.44 billion on account of high gold imports.
The Prime Minister has made significant changes to his cabinet crew what came across as the biggest surprise was Nirmala Sitharaman's elevation. She succeeds Arun Jaitley as the Defence Minister making her India's first full-time woman Defence Minister and a big promotion for Piyush Goyal. He gets the Railway and Coal Ministry. While Suresh Prabhu is transferred to head the Commerce Ministry, Nitin Gadkari will be the new Transport Minister and also takes additional charge of Water Resources. Dharmendra Pradhan now along with the Petroleum Ministry, has been given charge of the Skill Development Ministry and Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi has received an upgrade and has been made the Minority Affairs Minister.
Portfolios for these ministers will be announced soon after the swearing-in ceremony
"My view is that from September there will be hectic parleys on issues which are already mandated by the ministerial, one of which is finding permanent solution for public stockholding," the minister told PTI in an interview.
The minister's comments assume significance as India's export growth slowed to eight-month low of 3.94 per cent in July, while the rupee is strengthening and interest rates not declining fast enough.
The meeting was attended by Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Power Minister Piyush Goyal and senior officials in the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP), sources added.
Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman also said the negotiations for a free trade agreement are a continuous process and it is difficult to set a timeline for their conclusion.
While moving a motion in the Upper House for electing one MP as a member of the Board, Deputy Chairman P J Kurien asked if the government was planning to close the body and stop subsidies to the rubber growers.
Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said that efforts are being made to increase overall exports by diversifying the trade basket with emphasis on manufactured goods, services, resolution of market access issues and other non-trade barriers.
In 2016-17, the foreign fund inflows aggregated at USD 60.08 billion, Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said in a written reply to the Lok Sabha.
The issue was raised by the minister during her meeting with WTO Director General Roberto Azevedo at Geneva.
Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, in a written reply to the Rajya Sabha, said no complaint was received at her ministry with regard to prevention in production of meat and leather.