India And Australia Maintain First Meet On Strategic And Defence Ties

India And Australia Hold First Meet On Strategic And Defence Ties

The Indian facet was led by Overseas Secretary S Jaishankar and Defence Secretary Sanjay Mitra. (File)

New Delhi:  India and Australia at this time reviewed all points of bilateral ties with a concentrate on strategic and defence relations throughout their first ‘2+2 dialogue’ and agreed free, open and inclusive Indo-Pacific is within the long-term pursuits of all international locations within the area.

Considerably, the inaugural Indo-Australia dialogue comes barely a month after the 2 international locations together with the US and Japan, mentioned cooperation amid evolving security scenarios in the Indo-Pacific region the place China has been aggressively increasing its army presence.

Whereas India already has a ‘2+2 dialogue’ with Japan, it has additionally agreed to start out a two-by-two ministerial dialogue to boost “peace and stability throughout the Indo-Pacific area”.

The Indian facet was led by Overseas Secretary S Jaishankar and Defence Secretary Sanjay Mitra whereas the Australian facet was headed by Secretary of Division of Overseas Affairs and Commerce Frances Adamson, and Secretary of Division of Defence Greg Moriarty.

“All points of bilateral relations with a concentrate on strategic and defence relations between the 2 international locations have been reviewed… Either side agreed free, open, affluent and inclusive Indo-Pacific area serves the long-term pursuits of all international locations within the area and of the world at giant,” a press launch from the exterior affairs ministry mentioned.

It mentioned India and Australia share heat bilateral relations based mostly on shared democratic values and pluralism and there’s a rising convergence of strategic views between the 2 international locations.

Final month, officers from India, Japan, the US and Australia held consultations on the sidelines of the India-ASEAN meet and mentioned problems with widespread curiosity within the Indo-Pacific area with a concentrate on cooperation based mostly on converging imaginative and prescient and values for promotion  of peace, stability and prosperity within the space.

After the quadrilateral, the MEA mentioned, “they agreed free, open, affluent and inclusive Indo-Pacific area serves the long-term pursuits of all international locations within the area and of the world at giant. The officers additionally exchanged views on addressing widespread challenges of terrorism and proliferation linkages impacting the area in addition to on enhancing
connectivity.”

Adamson can also be assembly Secretary (East) and Secretary (ER) within the MEA, the discharge mentioned.

Other than attending the dialogue, Moriarty additionally met Chief of Workers Committee and Chief of Naval Workers Admiral Sunil Lanba and visited Rajputana Rifles Regimental Centre right here. 

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