- Nirmala Sitharaman also visited Air Force base in Assam
- This was the Defence Minister's first visit to Arunachal Pradesh
- She was briefed about operational preparedness along the border
She was briefed on the situation and defence preparedness along the Line of Actual Control (LAC), Defence Spokesman Lt. Col. Sombit Ghosh said in a statement.
Ms Sitharaman, who arrived in the state on a two-day visit yesterday, interacted with the troops at forward army posts at Kibithu in Anjaw district and lauded their dedication to the service and their efforts in such a remote and inhospitable terrain, he said.
She also visited the key air force base in Chabua in Tinsukia district of neighbouring Assam, where she was received by Senior Air Staff Officer (HQ), Eastern Air Command, Air Marshal Rajesh Kumar and Air Commodore George Thomas.
The minister took stock of the operational preparedness and infrastructure development at the base, the statement said.
The strategic base presented a static display of the combat assets to the minister, which included the Sukhoi-30MKI fighter aircraft and missiles. She also interacted with Indian Air Force personnel there.
Ms Sitharaman yesterday inaugurated Buddha Mahatsava at Bomdila in West Kameng district in Arunachal Pradesh and held a security meeting with Chief Minister Pema Khandu in Itanagar.