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Australian Foreign, Defence Ministers Meet PM Narendra Modi

In the 'two-plus-two' talks, the two sides have vowed to work towards inclusive Indo-Pacific region that has been witnessing growing Chinese assertiveness.

Australian Foreign, Defence Ministers Meet PM Narendra Modi
Australian Ministers meet PM Narendra Modi. (Image:Twitter)
Australian Foreign, Defence Ministers Meet PM Narendra Modi
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2021-09-11T20:30:41+05:30

Australian Foreign and Defence Ministers met Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday in New Delhi.

"Australia & India are longstanding partners. In our meeting with Flag of India Prime Minister @narendramodi, we discussed our nations' shared commitment to a rules-based international order, an open, inclusive & resilient #IndoPacific & strengthening the Australia-India economic relationship," Australian foreign minister Marise Payne tweeted.

Australian foreign minister Payne said the shared commitment was discussed at the meeting.
Payne and Australian defence minister Peter Dutton met Modi after holding the inaugural 'two-plus-two' dialogue with their Indian counterparts S Jaishankar and Rajnath Singh.

In the 'two-plus-two' talks, the two sides vowed to work towards a free, an open and inclusive Indo-Pacific, a region that has been witnessing increasing Chinese assertiveness.

After the dialogue, Jaishankar said it reflected the comfort that both sides have attained in the bilateral relationship, especially in strategic and security spheres.

"The peaceful development of the Indo-Pacific region has been a focus of our relationship. Our two countries believe that it should be shaped in a participative and collaborative manner," he said.

The external affairs minister said both sides reiterated their commitment to continue to work together for peace, stability and prosperity of all countries in the region.

"This would include a rules-based international order, freedom of navigation in international waters, promoting connectivity as well as respecting territorial integrity and sovereignty of all states," he said. (With PTI inputs)

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