- In-depth discussion on bilateral & regional issues
- Afghanistan, maritime security in Indo-Pacific, cooperation in multilateral formats & other related topics discussed
- Emphasis on ensuring free flow of trade, adherence to international rules & sustainable economic growth in entire region
- Invitation to Australia to engage in India’s growing defence industry
Full text of Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh’s press statement:
“Excellency Ms. Marise Payne and Excellency Mr. Peter Dutton, Dr. Jaishankar, Ladies and gentlemen, it is a great honor and pleasure to receive both the ministers from Australia for the inaugural 2+2 India – Australia Ministerial Dialogue. The 2+2 dialogue signifies the importance of the India – Australia Comprehensive Strategic Partnership. India and Australia share an important partnership that is based on a shared vision of a free, open, inclusive, and prosperous Indo-Pacific region. As two democracies we have a common interest in the peace and prosperity of the entire region.
Today we have had an in-depth and wide-ranging discussion with Minister Payne and Minister Dutton on bilateral and regional issues. We have discussed various institutional frameworks for wide-ranging collaboration including defense cooperation and the fight against global pandemics. We exchanged views on Afghanistan, Maritime Security in the Indo-Pacific, cooperation in multilateral formats, and other related topics.
During the discussions, both sides emphasized the need to ensure free flow of trade, adherence to international rules and norms, and sustainable economic growth in the entire region.
On the bilateral defense cooperation, we decided to expand military engagements across services, facilitate greater defense information sharing, and work closely for mutual logistic support.
In the context of Defence Cooperation, both sides were glad to note the continued participation of Australia in the Malabar Exercises. We invited Australia to engage India’s growing defense industry and to collaborate in the co-production and co-development of defense equipment.
Dr. Jaishankar and I thank both the Australian ministers for their visit to India despite the challenges of the pandemic. Both sides agreed to continue the high-level engagements to build a strong and robust partnership.
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