India-Australia 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue

India and Australia held the second India-Australia 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue on Monday, focusing on elevating defence cooperation and expanding the strategic relationship in critical sectors such as trade, investment, and critical minerals.

High-Level Participation in Dialogue

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar represented India, while Australian Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister Richard Marles and Foreign Minister Penny Wong represented Australia in the dialogue.

Broad Spectrum of Discussions

The dialogue encompassed discussions on deepening multifaceted ties between the two nations, spanning defence and security, trade and investment, critical minerals, energy, climate change, science and technology, space, education, and people-to-people linkages. The agenda also included regional and global issues of mutual interest.

Historical Military Relations

Ahead of the meeting, Penny Wong and Richard Marles paid homage at the National War Memorial, highlighting the long-standing military relations between India and Australia. Wong acknowledged Australia’s historical collaboration with Indian troops, including joint campaigns such as at Gallipoli.

Diverse Agenda for Future Collaboration

The 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue serves as a platform for both nations to explore avenues for future collaboration, addressing a wide spectrum of issues crucial for regional stability, economic growth, and shared interests.



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