Source : News18
“For Australia, India is a top-tier security partner. The Indian Ocean is central to both countries’ security and prosperity. And there has never been a point in both of our country’s histories where we’ve had such a strong strategic alignment,” said Albanese, who arrived in Ahmedabad on Wednesday at the start of his four-day visit to India.
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The Prime Minister said his visit reflects my government’s commitment to place India at the heart of Australia’s approach to the Indo-Pacific and beyond.
“I am honoured to be here today on the newly commissioned, Indian-designed and manufactured INS Vikrant at the invitation of Prime Minister Modi. My visit reflects my government’s commitment to place India at the heart of Australia’s approach to the Indo-Pacific and beyond.”
INDIA-AUSTRALIA SHARE UNWAVERING COMMITMENT TO INCLUSIVE INDO-PACIFIC: ALBANESE
Albanese further said a partnership that is of increasing strategic importance as we navigate the challenges of our region together.
“We both depend on free and open access to sea lanes in the Indo-Pacific for our economic well being. And we share an unwavering commitment to upholding the rules-based international order and ensuring the Indo-Pacific is open, inclusive and prosperous. I’m pleased to report that there’s never been a busier or more productive time in our defence and security partnership. Last year, we conducted more exercises, operations and dialogues than ever before.”
— Anthony Albanese (@AlboMP) March 9, 2023
In a major step forward in India-Australia relationship, Albanese said both countries undertook Maritime Patrol Aircraft deployments to each other’s territories for the first time.
“In November alone, we conducted increasingly complex and sophisticated exercises in Indo-Pacific Endeavour and Exercise Austrahind. This was capped off by Exercise Malabar – where we bolstered our military interoperability with India, alongside close partners Japan and the United States. More important than these statistics is the sheer complexity and high-end nature of our military engagements, which is unprecedented. I predict that 2023 will be busier than ever for our defence cooperation.
“As we speak, the inaugural Australia-India General Rawat Defence Officer Exchange Program is taking place in India. This pioneering exchange program, created by Prime Minister Modi, will ensure our defence personnel develop the familiarity and trust that underpins a close and long-lasting relationship.”
“I am pleased to announce formally, aboard the magnificent INS Vikrant, that later this year Australia will host Exercise Malabar for the first time and India will – also for the first time – participate in Australia’s Talisman Sabre exercise. It will be a great privilege to welcome India’s Navy to Australia in August and I thank them again for hosting me here today.”