India and Australia shared their views on the challenges of the East and South China Seas: Foreign Minister Marise Payne
New Delhi [India], Sept. 11 (ANI): India and Australia shared their views on the challenges of the East and South China Seas, Myanmar and Afghanistan at the inaugural 2 + 2 ministerial meeting, informed Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne on Saturday.
“We talked about a lot of things today, but most notably the strong and enduring relationship between India and Australia in trade, community ties, cyber, climate and defense,” Payne said after the meeting. India-Australia 2 + 2 ministerial meeting held with Indian counterparts. .
“We shared our views on the challenges of the East and South China Seas, Myanmar and Afghanistan.” She added that the two countries share a positive vision of a free, open and secure Indo-Pacific.
The Indo-Pacific region is widely considered to be an area comprising the Indian Ocean and the Western and Central Pacific Ocean, including the South China Sea. China’s territorial claims in the South China Sea and its efforts to advance in the Indian Ocean appear to have challenged the established rules-based system.
Noting concerns over Afghanistan, the Australian Minister said: “Last month saw the fall of Kabul, the future of Afghanistan remains a central concern. Along with the ongoing fight against terrorism, the future of Afghanistan remains the central concern of our two countries.
After the Taliban took control of Kabul in August, the situation in Afghanistan dominated the international agenda, with global stakeholders trying to find ways to ensure stability in the region.
On Afghanistan issues, Payne said India and Australia share great interests in ensuring that Afghanistan never again becomes a safe haven for breeding and training terrorists.
“We are also very focused on finding a safe passage for citizens, foreign nationals, visa holders of other countries seeking to leave Afghanistan,” said the Australian Foreign Minister.
This is the first India-Australia 2 + 2 Ministerial Dialogue between countries’ Foreign and Defense Ministers. The agenda included bilateral, regional and global issues of mutual interest.
Defense Minister Rajnath Singh, Foreign Minister S Jaishankar, Australian Foreign Minister Payne and Australian Defense Minister Peter Dutton attended the meeting. (ANI)