India, Australia discuss trade, defence, counter-terrorism ahead of Raisina Dialogue

New Delhi: India and Australia held discussions for collaboration between the two countries in the areas of defence, trade and investment, and counter-terrorism.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj held discussions with her Australian counterpart and “friend” Marise Payne here on Tuesday, ahead of the much anticipated Raisina Dialogue, 2019. Payne is slated to deliver the Ministerial Address on ‘The Arrival of Global Politics’ at the event.

“With friend and counterpart @SushmaSwaraj ahead of @raisinadialogue to discuss our shared strategic interests & opportunities for India, Australia collaboration in trade and investment, defence and counterterrorism,” Payne tweeted after the meeting.

The two leaders took stock of defence and security partnerships, discussed enhancing regional cooperation in Indo-Pacific, and collaboration in all aspects of the bilateral relationship, according to a statement from India’s Ministry of External Affairs.

The Australian leader is also scheduled to meet with Prime Minister Narendra Modi during her two-day visit to India, which ends on January 9.