Washington: Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, who is on a five-day visit to the United State, will be laying a wreath at National Cemetery before the bilateral meeting with US Secretary of Defence James N Mattis at Pentagon.

The United States National Cemetery System, which is a system of 147 nationally important cemeteries, was developed for providing a respectable and honoured burial location for the soldiers who died during the Civil War.

Sitharaman reached Washington DC on December 3 and visited Museums of Natural History, Gallery of Art, Air & Space and interested with delegates there.

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Sitharaman meeting with Mattis is a follow-up on the tri-lateral meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi, President Donald Trump and Japanese Premier Shinzo Abe. 

They will be discussing how to share information in the Indo-Pacific theatre through the secure COMCASA network — which the nation had signed on September 7, 2018, during the ‘2+2 Dialogue’ with the US.

The network will enable India to access the big database of American intelligence, including real-time imagery.  The network, which will allow both sides to operate on the same communication systems, is expected to provide an “interoperable” environment for militaries.