New Delhi/Canberra 22 June :
Defense Minister Rajnath Singh and his Australian counterpart Richard Marles held a bilateral meeting on Wednesday. The meeting discussed the shared vision of the India-Australia Comprehensive Strategic Partnership “free, open, inclusive and prosperous” Indo-Pacific region. Addressing the meeting, Rajnath Singh said that India and Australia share democratic values. share a similar vision for a free and open Indo-Pacific.
Rajnath Singh further said that the ties between India and Australia were elevated to a Comprehensive Strategic Partnership during the Prime Minister-level virtual summit in June 2020. The Defense Minister said that close defense and security cooperation is an important factor in stability in the Indo-Pacific region. Addressing the meeting, he said, “Australia is a key partner in India’s Indo-Pacific Ocean Initiative.
Earlier, Australia’s Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister Marles was given a guard of honor in the capital. During this, the Australian Defense Minister paid tribute to the martyrs by visiting the National War Memorial in Delhi. Marles, who is on a four-day visit to India, met External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Tuesday. The talks between the two leaders led to in-depth discussions on the Comprehensive Strategic Partnership. The talks expressed a shared commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific.
Prime Minister Anthony Albanese’s Labor Party came to power after the defeat of the Prime Minister Scott Morrison-led coalition in parliamentary elections last month. Marles’ visit is the first high-level visit from Australia to India after that. Marles is also Australia’s deputy prime minister and his four-day visit to India began on Monday.
“The two ministers will review defense cooperation between the two countries and explore new initiatives to further enhance bilateral relations,” the ministry said in a statement. The two ministers will also discuss regional and global issues of common interest. “Marles visited Goa Shipyard Limited in Goa.
The Defense Ministry said, “India and Australia have a comprehensive strategic partnership since June 2020 and defense is a key pillar of this partnership. This partnership is based on a shared vision of a free, open, inclusive and prosperous Indo-Pacific region.” “The two democracies have common interests in the peace and prosperity of the entire region,” the statement said.
Earlier, the Deputy Prime Minister also participated in a yoga session on International Day of Yoga. He had tweeted, “Before a busy few days in India, the morning started with yoga. Amidst a busy few days’ schedule, looking forward to meeting my counterparts and witnessing the close partnership.” In his response on Twitter, Singh said, “Glad to see Richard Marles, Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister of Australia doing yoga on International Day of Yoga.”
“His participation in the Yoga Day event makes these celebrations remarkable and special. I look forward to meeting him in New Delhi,” he said on Monday, adding that India is one of Australia’s “closest” security partners. And Australia is keen to work closely with it for a free and inclusive Indo-Pacific region.
Let us tell you that this year there has been a lot of tension in the relationship between China and Australia. In February 2022, controversy erupted after a Chinese Navy ship fired a laser at an Australian aircraft off the coast of Australia. Australia had condemned the laser taunting. Australia said that the Chinese ship was infiltrating their territory, while China said that it was in the international border. Apart from this, during the surveillance over the South China Sea in the past, Australian military aircraft and Chinese military aircraft came face to face. This increased the tension between the two countries.
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Defense Minister Rajnath Singh on Wednesday said that Australia is a proven and trusted partner of India and both the nations share democratic values and common visions for a free and open Indo-Pacific.
Story first published: Wednesday, June 22, 2022, 15:17 [IST]