Australia’s Minister of Defence Mr Peter Dutton recently met India’s Raksha Mantri Mr Rajnath Singh in New Delhi to discuss bilateral defence cooperation and regional issues.
The discussions focused on expanding military engagements across Services, enhancing defence information sharing, cooperation in emerging defence technologies and mutual logistics support.
‘I have had a very fruitful and wide-ranging discussion with Minister Dutton on our bilateral defence cooperation as well as regional issues. Both of us are keen to work jointly to realise the full potential of the India-Australia Comprehensive Strategic Partnership. This partnership is based on our shared vision of a 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’ said Raksha Mantri in a press statement.
“India is committed to building a robust partnership with Australia for security and growth of the entire region.” – Raksha Mantri, Mr Rajnath Singh
Opportunities to work together in Defence Science and Technology areas were also discussed.
The RM apprised Minister Dutton about India’s recent efforts towards “Atmanirbhar Bharat” and growing innovation ecosystem in India.
‘I invited Australian industry to take advantage of India’s liberalised foreign direct investment policies in the defence sector. We both agreed that there are opportunities of bilateral collaboration for co-development and co production’ said the RM.