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India and Australia to take strategic partnership to the next level on September 11

The 2+2 ministerial dialogue is expected to elevate India-Australia bilateral ties to comprehensive strategic partnership during the India-Australia leaders' virtual summit on June 4 last year.

India and Australia to take strategic partnership to the next level on September 11 VPN
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New Delhi, First Published Sep 9, 2021, 1:59 PM IST
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India and Australia will hold their first-ever 2+2 ministerial dialogue on September 11 in New Delhi to discuss bilateral, regional and global issues of mutual interest, including the Indo-Pacific region. 

Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne and Defence Minister Peter Dutton will be arriving in New Delhi on a three-day visit, beginning September 10.

In the dialogue, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar will lead the Indian delegation. 

The 2+2 ministerial dialogue is expected to elevate India-Australia bilateral ties to a comprehensive strategic partnership during the India-Australia leaders' virtual summit on June 4 last year.

"The relationship between Australia and India is at a historic high, as our nations work together to promote positive regional cooperation," the Australian foreign minister had said.

They will discuss issues including economic security, cyber, climate, critical technology and supply chains.

The two ministers, who commenced their 4-nation tour of the Indo-Pacific region on September 8, will visit Indonesia, South Korea and the United States.

Their tour assumes significance amidst Chinese military assertiveness in the Indo-Pacific region. 

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