September 30, 2022

India, Australia agree to work jointly to realise full potential of Comprehensive Strategic Partnership

  • Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has a wide-ranging discussions on bilateral defence cooperation as well as regional issues with his Australian counterpart
  • India-Australia partnership based on shared vision of free, open, inclusive and rule-based Indo-Pacific region
  • Military engagements to be expanded between the two nations
  • Australian industry invited to take advantage of India’s liberalised FDI policies

New Delhi, India and Australia agreed to work jointly to realise full potential of Comprehensive Strategic Partnership between the two countries. This agreement was reached during the talks between Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and his Australian counterpart Peter Dutton in New Delhi on September 10.

Rajnath Singh and the visiting Minister had a very fruitful and wide-ranging discussion on India-Australia bilateral defence cooperation as well as regional issues. Both the leaders expressed their keenness to work jointly to realise the full potential of the India-Australia Comprehensive Strategic Partnership.

India, Australia partnership is based on the shared vision of free, open, inclusive and rule-based Indo-Pacific region. Both the nations have tremendous stakes in peace, development and free flow of trade, rules-based order and economic growth in the region.

The Defence Minister in a press statement said: “It is a great honour and pleasure to receive Mr. Dutton, Minister of Defence for Australia and high-level delegation on his first official visit to India. His visit to India, along with Ms. Marise Payne, Foreign Minister of Australia despite the COVID-19 global pandemic shows the abiding commitment of Australia to our bilateral relationship.”

“Our discussions today focused on our bilateral defence cooperation and expanding military engagements across Services, enhancing defence information sharing, cooperation in emerging defence technologies and mutual logistics support,” the statement added.

“Our discussions today focused on our bilateral defence cooperation and expanding military engagements across Services, enhancing defence information sharing, cooperation in emerging defence technologies and mutual logistics support”

-Defence Minister Rajnath Singh

Both sides noted with happiness that Australia joined the Malabar Exercise in 2020. In this context the two leaders also expressed satisfaction in the continued participation of Australia in Malabar Exercise this year.

Rajnath Singh apprised Minister Dutton about the recent efforts towards “Atmanirbhar Bharat” and growing innovation ecosystem in India. They discussed opportunities to work together in Defence Science and Technology areas.

On this occasion, the Defence Minister also invited Australian industry to take advantage of India’s liberalised foreign direct investment policies in the defence sector. Both the leaders agreed that there are opportunities of bilateral collaboration for co-development and co­ production.

India is committed to building a robust partnership with Australia for security and growth of the entire region. The Defence Minister said he looks forward to working with his Australian counterpart to take the India­ Australia defence partnership to greater heights.

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