External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Tuesday spoke to his Australian counterpart Marise Payne, overlaying numerous regional and world developments and “current concerns”.
In a tweet, Mr Jaishankar stated he and Ms Payne reviewed regional and world developments and mentioned “our current concerns”. He, nevertheless, didn’t elaborate on them.
“Just finished a conversation with Australian FM @MarisePayne. Reviewed regional and global developments and discussed our current concerns,” he stated.
On her half Ms Payne described the digital dialog as “valuable”.
“Australia & India’s Comprehensive Strategic Partnership has guided our close cooperation on regional challenges during COVID-19. My friend @DrSJaishanka & I had a very valuable discussion today following our meeting in October,” she tweeted.
The defence and safety ties between India and Australia have been on an upswing in the previous couple of years.
In June, India and Australia elevated their ties to a complete strategic partnership and signed a landmark deal for reciprocal entry to navy bases for logistics help throughout an internet summit between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Australian counterpart Scott Morrison.
The Mutual Logistics Support Agreement (MLSA) permits militaries of the 2 nations to make use of one another’s bases for restore and replenishment of provides, in addition to facilitating scaling up of general defence cooperation.
The Australian Navy was a part of the Malabar naval train hosted by India final month. The navies of the US and Japan have been additionally a part of it.
Both India and Australia have had fractious ties with China in the previous couple of months. While India’s ties with China got here underneath extreme pressure following the border row in jap Ladakh, relations between Beijing and Canberra deteriorated over commerce points.
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