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Secretary Ash Carter Hosts Honor Cordon for India Minister of Defence


Secretary of Defense Ash Carter will host an enhanced honor cordon to welcome India's Minister of Defence Manohar Parrikar to the Pentagon at 12:50 p.m. EDT on Monday, Aug. 29, on the steps of the Pentagon River Entrance. Following the arrival ceremony there will be a wreath-laying ceremony at 1:30 p.m. at the Pentagon 9-11 Memorial.  After the ceremony there will be a bilateral meeting followed by a joint press conference in the Pentagon Briefing Room at 2:30 p.m.

This will be Secretary Carter's sixth meeting with Minister Parrakar, and comes just weeks after India was designated a major defense partner of the United States during Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's June visit to Washington. Secretary Carter met with Minister Parrakar during a visit to India in April.

All journalists who desire to cover the cordon, including those with a Pentagon building pass, must obtain a wrist band from security screening. Journalists without a Pentagon building pass covering the honor cordon will be escorted from the base of the River Entrance Pedestrian Bridge only after security screening. Security screening will begin at approximately 12:15 a.m. EDT; have proof of affiliation and two forms of photo identification.  All journalists wishing to cover the honor cordon, including those with a Pentagon building badge, must be in place no later than 12:30 a.m. EDT.  Please call 703-697-5131 with any questions.