India and Australia on Friday held discussions on defence cooperation, with India stating that partnership between the 2 international locations relies on a shared imaginative and prescient of free, open, inclusive and rules-based Indo-Pacific area.
The discussions have been held between Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and his Australian counterpart, Peter Dutton, who’s on a go to to India together with Australian International Minister Marise Payne.
The talks happened a day earlier than the inaugural 2+2 ministerial dialogue amongst International and Defence ministers of the 2 nations.
Calling the discussions on bilateral defence cooperation and regional points “fruitful”, Singh stated: “Each of us are eager to work collectively to understand full potential of the India-Australia Complete Strategic Partnership. This partnership relies on our shared imaginative and prescient of free, open, inclusive and rule-based Indo-Pacific area. Australia and India have large stake in peace, growth and free stream of commerce, rules-based order and financial progress within the area.”
Each international locations, together with the US and Japan, are part of the Quad — or the Quadrilateral coalition that resolved to work in the direction of making certain a free, open and inclusive Indo-Pacific.
Had a really fruitful dialogue with the Defence Minister of Australia, Mr Peter Dutton on the bilateral defence cooperation in addition to regional points.
Each of us are eager to work collectively to comprehend the complete potential of the India-Australia Complete Strategic Partnership. pic.twitter.com/IDuYWuPObV
— Rajnath Singh (@rajnathsingh) September 10, 2021
Singh stated the discussions targeted on bilateral defence cooperation and increasing navy engagements throughout providers, enhancing defence data sharing, cooperation in rising defence applied sciences and mutual logistics help. He stated India is dedicated to constructing a strong partnership with Australia for safety and progress of all the area.
“Either side famous with happiness that Australia joined the Malabar Train in 2020. On this context we additionally expressed satisfaction within the continued participation of Australia in Malabar Train this yr,” he stated.
The Australian Navy was a part of the latest Malabar naval train, which additionally featured navies of India, the US and Japan.
Singh stated he had apprised Dutton about India’s latest efforts in the direction of “Atmanirbhar Bharat” and rising innovation ecosystem in India. “We mentioned alternatives to work collectively in Defence Science and Expertise areas,” the Defence Minister stated. “I invited Australian trade to make the most of India’s liberalised international direct funding insurance policies within the defence sector. We each agreed that there are alternatives of bilateral collaboration for co-development and co manufacturing.”
In June final yr, India and Australia elevated their ties to a complete strategic partnership and signed a landmark deal for reciprocal entry to navy bases for logistics help throughout a web-based summit between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Australian counterpart, Scott Morrison.