Foreign Minister S Jaishankar addressed the media at the first India Australia 2 + 2 Ministerial Dialogue held in New Delhi. He spoke about comprehensive strategic partnership, democratic policies and market economies, peaceful development of the Indo-Pacific region, among others. The minister said the 2 + 2 Dialogue reflects the comfort the two countries have achieved in bilateral relations, especially in the strategic and security areas, on the basis of the growing convergence with Australia on security issues and India’s shared commitment to a free, open, prosperous, rules-based Indo-Pacific region.
S Jaishankar highlighted India and Australia’s commitment to the Comprehensive Strategic Partnership and mentioned having discussed a range of bilateral, regional and international issues with Australian Foreign Minister Payne. He said: “We have just concluded the first India Australia 2 + 2 Ministerial Dialogue. This format reflects our growing commitment as part of our global strategic partnership. Prior to our meeting today, I met with Minister Payne in the morning to discuss a range of bilateral, regional and international issues.
MEA S Jaishankar then spoke about democratic regimes, market economies and pluralistic societies and the natural bond that the two countries shared. He said: “As democratic regimes, market economies and pluralistic societies, we have a natural connection that has taken on contemporary relevance in a changing world. It was during the first virtual summit of India-Australian leaders held on June 4, 2020 that our prime ministers agreed to elevate our relationship to a comprehensive strategic partnership. This 2 + 2 format is a direct result of this leadership summit and is in line with the Global Strategic Partnership.
S Jai Shankar then acknowledged the collaboration between India and Australia in these difficult times of Covid and mentioned the importance of decentralized globalization, strategic autonomy and a heightened sense of national security. He said: “Today, as the four ministers met for the first time, we discussed our experiences and our continued collaboration to meet the challenges of COVID 19. Decentralized globalization, strategic autonomy , a stronger sense of national security are some of the relevant results. We also underscored our commitment to building secure and resilient global supply chains. We welcomed the renewed vigor with which both sides now engage on trade issues to fully accelerate complementarities between us.
The peaceful development of the Indo-Pacific region has been at the center of our relations. Our two countries believe that it must be shaped in a participatory and collaborative way. We reiterated our commitment to continue working together for peace, stability and prosperity for all countries in the region. This would include a rules-based international order, freedom of navigation in international waters, the promotion of connectivity as well as respect for the territorial integrity and sovereignty of all States.
MEA S Jaishankar then accepted that Afghanistan was a major topic of discussion and agreed that the international community must remain united in its approach, guided by UNSCR 2593. Regions. Afghanistan was, and rightly so, a major topic of discussion. We agreed that the international community must unite in its approach, guided by United Nations Security Council resolution 2593.
S Jaishankar recognized the importance of plurilateralism in a multipolar and rebalanced world and highlighted the ongoing cooperation in the multilateral arena to preserve the rules-based international order.
Finally, he mentioned the problems faced by Indian students in Australia and those who wish to go to Australia as well as the community of Indian origin residing in Australia.
In the 2 + 2 talks, Foreign Minister S Jaishankar and Defense Minister Rajnath Singh held closed-door talks with their Australian counterparts Marise Payne and Peter Dutton in New Delhi on Saturday. The dialogue aims to further intensify comprehensive defense and strategic cooperation between the two countries, including in the Indo-Pacific amid China’s growing military assertiveness in the region.