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India, Australia decide to broaden defence and security cooperation

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Tuesday held talks with her Australian counterpart on ways to further broaden the defence and security cooperation between the two countries.

The two ministers deliberated upon the prevailing situation in the Indo-Pacific and resolved to boost cooperation to ensure peace and stability in the region.

"EAM @SushmaSwaraj and Australian FM @MarisePayne took stock of defence and security partnership, discussed enhancing regional cooperation in Indo-Pacific, and collaboration in all aspects of the bilateral relationship," tweeted.

Payne arrived here on Monday on a three-day visit.

A number of major powers including the US and have been pushing for a greater role for in the Indo-Pacific region.

In November 2017, India, the US, and gave shape to the long-pending "Quad" Coalition to develop a new strategy to keep the critical sea routes in the Indo-Pacific free of any influence.

India, the US and several other countries have been talking about the need to ensure a free, open and thriving Indo-Pacific against the backdrop of China's rising military maneuvering in the region.

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First Published: Tue, January 08 2019. 22:12 IST