Australian Deputy Prime Minister & Minister for Defence Richard Marles is set to embark on a visit to India from November 19 to 20 for the second India-Australia 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue. Alongside Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Marles will co-chair this significant dialogue aimed at bolstering bilateral defence cooperation.
The visit will commence with a bilateral meeting on defence cooperation between Marles and Rajnath Singh on November 20, followed by the 2+2 Dialogue involving Rajnath Singh, Minister of External Affairs S. Jaishankar, and their Australian counterparts Marles and Minister for Foreign Affairs Penny Wong, respectively.
India and Australia have been actively fostering a comprehensive strategic partnership, and Marles's visit is anticipated to further strengthen collaboration and bilateral defence ties between the two nations.
The agenda for the 2+2 Dialogue and the bilateral Defence Ministers' meeting encompasses diverse issues of mutual interest, reflecting the depth and breadth of cooperation between India and Australia.
Adding a touch of sports diplomacy to his visit, Marles is scheduled to attend the Cricket World Cup final between India and Australia in Ahmedabad on November 19, further enhancing the cultural ties between the two countries through the spirit of sportsmanship.
(With Agency Inputs)