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Australia to work closely with India for an open, secure Indian Ocean region

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

will step up its security cooperation with and work closely with the country for an open, stable and secure region, Australian said on Wednesday.

Payne, in her address at the Raisina dialogue here, said is also engaged in close economic engagement with

will support in South Asia, she said.

Payne said her country looks forward to work closely with and other regional partners to continue to build a positive character for the region -- open, prosperous stable and secure.

"Peaceful and open character of the (Indian) Ocean region is vital in the national interest of Australia," she said.

"We are stepping up our security and defence cooperation with India in the region," she said.

"In March this year, Australia's largest annual naval deployment, Indo-Pacific Endeavour, comprising up to five vessels, including frigates, a Helicopter Landing Dock (HMAS Canberra), and a replenishment vessel and around 1400 personnel, will be hosted across the region and (make) port visits in Vizag and Chennai," she said.

Engagement with India will be the cornerstone of this year's deployment in the with our bilateral naval exercise at its heart, she said.

The Australian said has been appointed as Australia's first resident in Kolkata to establish a new Consulate there , the country's fourth diplomatic post in India.

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First Published: Wed, January 09 2019. 23:20 IST