India has held bilateral talks with Australian counterparts Marise Payne and Peter Dutton in New Delhi. Maritime security in Indo pacific and Afghan issues was the major topic of discussion.
During the meeting, the Defence Minister said, “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 peace and prosperity of the entire region”.
Both sides emphasized the need to ensure free flow of trade and adherence to international rules & sustainable economic growth in the entire region.
Besides, India has invited Australia to India’s growing defense industry and to collaborate in the co-production and co-development of defense equipment. Both sides agreed to continue the high-level engagements to build a robust partnership.
After the meeting, the External Minister tweeted, “A productive 2+2 meeting today with Australia”.