Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Minister for External Affairs Dr Subrahmanyam Jaishankar with the Defence Minister of Australia Peter Dutton and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Women, Australia, Marise Payne at the ‘2+2’ Ministerial level meeting between India and Australia, in New Delhi on September 11, 2021.
India’s Minister of Defence Rajnath Singh, and Minister of External Affairs, Dr. S. Jaishankar, welcomed Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Women, Senator Marise Payne, and Minister for Defence, Peter Dutton MP, to New Delhi for the first India-Australia 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue held on September 11.
Salient points of Rajnath Singh’s press statement:
- India and Australia share an important partnership which is based on a shared vision of free, open, inclusive and prosperous Indo-Pacific region. As two democracies both have a common interest in peace and prosperity of the entire region.
- There was an in-depth discussion on bilateral and regional issues including various institutional frameworks for collaboration in defence cooperation; fight against global pandemic; Afghanistan; Maritime Security in the Indo-Pacific & many more issues.
- Both sides emphasised the need to ensure free flow of trade, adherence to international rules and norms and sustainable economic growth in the entire region.
- The bilateral defence cooperation needs to be expanded by military engagements across services, facilitate greater defence information sharing and to work closely for mutual logistic support. The continued participation of Australia in the Malabar Exercises was commended & Australia was invited to engage India’s growing defence industry.