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India and Australia pledge to strengthen security ties

(New Delhi) Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi on Friday pledged to strengthen their security ties after diplomatic meetings.

Australia and India, along with the United States and Japan, are part of the “Quad” (Quadrilateral Security Dialogue), an informal strategic alliance launched in 2007 and relaunched in 2017 to counter China’s military and economic influence in India. Pacific region.

During his four-day visit, Mr. Albanese announced new joint military exercises between India and Australia on board INS Vikrant, the first Indian-made aircraft carrier.

Defense cooperation is an important pillar of the comprehensive strategic partnership between India and Australia,” Modi told reporters after his Australia meeting on Friday.

Australia’s prime minister said there has been “significant” and “ambitious” progress with India on security.

“We discussed the increasingly uncertain global security environment and pledged to strengthen the defense and security partnership between Australia and India,” Mr Albanese said.

The meeting was held on Friday, the day after the start of the fourth Test cricket match in Modi’s home state of Gujarat, where the two leaders were participating.

Mr. Albanese will leave New Delhi on Saturday morning and welcome his Indian counterpart to Australia during the next meeting of the “Quad” in May.

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