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Indo-Australian Bilateral Co-operation in the field of security

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Discussions were held on intelligence sharing, combating international terrorism, cyber security and better working relations for border and maritime security at a bilateral meeting between India and Australia to discuss the bilateral co-operation between the two countries. The visiting Australian Minister of Defence, Mr. Kevin Andrews and the Minister of State for Home Affairs Shri Kiren Rijiju participated in the discussion.

Key Facts:

  • The leaders underscored the growing depth of the Australia-India strategic partnership and building on converging interests, shared values and common democratic institutions.
  • They also discussed bilateral collaboration across the security spectrum, including in counter terrorism, cyber policy and maritime security.
  • Additionally they also touched upon the issues of stability of Asia Pacific region, security of sea lanes of communication.
  • A follow-up discussion of the financial action task force in Brisbane, Australia in June 2015 took place in this occasion and they addressed deficiencies in implementation of the recommendations with regard to terror financing.
  • They also agreed for enhanced co-operation in the areas of mutual interest of both the countries.

Significance:

The visiting Australian Defence Minister is attending the Second Australia-India Defence Minister’s dialogue. The Australian delegation included the High Commissioner and Defence Attaches of Australia in India. On this occasion both the countries agreed to further enhance bilateral assistance in the areas of mutual co-operation and extend the co-operation to newer areas.