India, Australia reviews strategic ties
In the 2+2 secretarial talks, India and Australia had comprehensively reviewed their strategic ties, their regional security scenario and maritime cooperation. This dialogue was held between the secretaries of defence and foreign ministries of both the nations. The Defence Ministry had stated that both the nations have pondered over the regional security concerns and issues related to bilateral defence engagement. They had also explored new ways to cooperate in the areas of defence industry and technology. It was also stated that both the sides have also discussed on the evolving situation in the Indo-Pacific region. They have also committed to work closely for regional prosperity and stability. Both the nations along with Japan and the US are currently working closely under QUAD framework to secure their common interest in the Indo-Pacific. In November 2017, the QUAD alliance was given shape to establish new strategy to keep important sea routes in the Indo-Pacific free from any influence.