Amid Australia’s spat with China, Delhi stresses Canberra ties

Amid Australia’s spat with China, Delhi stresses Canberra ties

NEW DELHI: Amid the Australia-China diplomatic spat, India on Thursday re-emphasised the significance of its bilateral ties with Australia and said the latter was an important partner in the implementation of the Indo-Pacific Oceans Initiative tabled by India, as well as in the post-Covid-19 economic “re-balancing” by building more resilient supply chains.
“Given the depth and importance of our bilateral relations, naturally, we exchange views on regional and global developments as well as current issues of concern,” MEA spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said. He was responding to a query on the conversation between foreign minister S Jaishankar and his Australian counterpart Marise Payne earlier this week and if the two leaders discussed the recent Australia-China controversy.
“Recently, the India-Australia bilateral relationship was elevated to comprehensive strategic partnership at the virtual summit between the two PMs on June 4,” he said. “Our bilateral engagements span across areas, including agriculture, mining, education and skill development, infrastructure, maritime cooperation, counter-terrorism and cyber security. This year, Australia participated in the recently concluded Malabar exercise,” Srivastava said.

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