India, Australia to carry ‘2+2 ministerial dialogue’ on Sept 10-12

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Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne and Defence Minister Peter Dutton will go to India from September 10 to 12 to participate within the inaugural two-plus-two ministerial dialogue between the 2 international locations, the Ministry of External Affairs mentioned on Thursday.

It mentioned the ministerial dialogue on September 11 will cowl a variety of bilateral, regional and international problems with mutual curiosity. People conversant in the preparations for the dialogue mentioned the 2 sides are anticipated to focus extensively on additional ramping up the general defence and safety ties and increase strategic cooperation within the Indo-Pacific area.

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Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar will lead the Indian delegation on the talks.

“The inaugural 2+2 ministerial dialogue is being held pursuant to the elevation of India-Australiabilateral relations to comprehensive strategic partnership during the India-Australia leaders’ virtual summit on June 4, 2020,” the MEA mentioned in a press release.

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“The agenda for the Dialogue will cover a range of bilateral, regional and global issues of mutual interest,” it mentioned.

The focus of the talks on the two-plus-two dialogue is predicted to be on boosting general cooperation within the Indo-Pacific within the face of China’s rising navy assertiveness within the area, the folks cited above mentioned.

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Both Australia and India are a part of Quad or Quadrilateral coalition that resolved to work in the direction of making certain a free, open and inclusive Indo-Pacific.The different two members of the Quad are the US and Japan.

The folks conversant in the preparations mentioned increasing bilateral cooperation in areas of maritime safety is predicted to be one other space of focus on the two-plus-two dialogue.

The two-plus-two dialogue between the international and defence ministers was instituted as a part of an general aim to develop strategic cooperation between the 2 international locations.

The defence and navy cooperation between India and Australia is on an upswing in the previous few years. In June final 12 months, India and Australia elevated their ties to a complete strategic partnership and signed a landmark deal for reciprocal entry to navy bases for logistics assist through the on-line summit between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Australian counterpart Scott Morrison.

The Australian Navy was a part of the latest Malabar naval train that additionally featured navies of India, the US and Japan.

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