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In the two-plus-two ministerial meeting between India and Australia, these issues including the Indo-Pacific were discussed, both countries issued a joint statement

Defense Minister Rajnath Singh said the two-plus-two dialogue reflects the importance of India and Australia’s comprehensive strategic partnership

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India and Australia today discussed maritime security in the Indo-Pacific region, the current situation in Afghanistan and cooperation in multilateral formats in the capital Delhi. A two-plus-two ministerial-based meeting was held today between the Foreign and Defense Ministers of both countries. Union Defense Minister Rajnath Singh and External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar held talks with Australian Defense Minister Peter Dutton and Foreign Minister Maris Payne and after that the two countries have issued a joint statement.

Defense Minister Rajnath Singh said the two-plus-two dialogue reflects the importance of India and Australia’s comprehensive strategic partnership. The two countries share an important partnership that is based on a shared vision of a free, open, inclusive and prosperous Indo-Pacific region. He further said that in the meeting we have exchanged views on Afghanistan, maritime security in Indo-Pacific, cooperation in multilateral formats and other issues. We had in-depth discussions with Ministers Payne and Dutton on bilateral and regional issues.

 

Rajnath Singh further said that we also talked about various institutional frameworks for comprehensive cooperation including defense cooperation and fight against corona pandemic. He informed that the two countries have decided to work together to expand military engagement across services, facilitate greater defense information sharing and mutual logistical support.

External Affairs Minister Dr. S. Jaishankar said that we discussed our experiences and further cooperation in response to the Corona challenges. We also underlined our commitment to building a secure and resilient global supply chain, he added. We welcomed the renewed vigor with which both sides are now working on trade issues to fully intensify the complementarities between us.

 

Australian Defense Minister Peter Dutton said that India is an emerging Indo-Pacific superpower. We depend on free and open access to sea lines in the Indo-Pacific for both trade and economic well-being. Australian Foreign Minister Maris Payne said Australians and India share a positive vision of a free, open and secure Indo-Pacific.

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