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Friday, September 10, 2021

Rajnath holds 'fruitful' talks with Australian counterpart

Rajnath holds 'fruitful' talks with Australian counterpart


TCSN Desk ✍️

Delhi 10 sep 21

Partnership between India and Australia is based on our shared vision of free, open, inclusive and rule-based Indo-Pacific region, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said on Friday after holding wide-ranging talks with his Australian counterpart Peter Dutton.Describing the discussions as "fruitful", Mr. Singh said bilateral defence cooperation as well as regional issues figured in the deliberations.

"I have had a very fruitful and wide-ranging discussion with Mr. Dutton on our bilateral defence cooperation as well as regional issues," Mr. Singh said in a media statement."Both of us are keen to work jointly to realise the full potential of the India-Australia Comprehensive Strategic Partnership," he said.


The talks took place a day ahead of the inaugural 'two-plus-two' dialogue between foreign and defence ministers of India and Australia. Mr. Dutton and Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne arrived here on Friday.Mr. Singh said the partnership between the two countries is based on "our shared vision of free, open, inclusive and rule-based Indo-Pacific region".


"Both, Australia and India have tremendous stakes in peace, development and free flow of trade, rules-based order and economic growth in the region," he said.

"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," he added.