Rajnath calls Australian Dy PM over phone; review progress in bilateral defence ties

Rajnath calls Australian Dy PM over phone; review progress in bilateral defence ties

New Delhi, July 4 : Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday held a telephonic conversation with Australian Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister Richard Marles and talked on range of issues including bilateral defence cooperation.

Through a post on X, the Defence Minister stated that a range of issues pertaining to bilateral defence cooperation were reviewed, with focus on closer collaboration between the two countries in the Indo-Pacific.

“Spoke with Australia’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Defence Mr. @RichardMarlesMP. We reviewed a range of issues pertaining to defence cooperation and discussed closer collaboration between India and Australia in the Indo-Pacific. We place great value on India-Australia Comprehensive Strategic Partnership with Australia,” Singh said in a post on X.

Both Ministers noted the transformative progress in defence cooperation under the comprehensive strategic partnership, and appreciated the momentum achieved in the ties since the last India-Australia 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue, which was attended by both in November 2023, a Defence Ministry statement said.

Australia considers India as a top-tier security partner in their National Defence Strategy document which was released in 2024.

Marles also congratulated Singh for taking charge as the Defence Minister for a second consecutive term, and appreciated the functioning of the Indian democratic system wherein people voted in large numbers.

He also congratulated Rajnath on Team India becoming the T20 world champions.

UNI

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