Defence Minister Rajnath Singh hold bilateral talks with Australian Deputy PM in New Delhi

Tags: International Relations

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh held bilateral talks with Australian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Defence Richard Marles in New Delhi on 22 June. 

  • During the bilateral talks, the two ministers reviewed the defence cooperation between the two countries and discussed new initiatives to further strengthen bilateral ties.

  • They also exchanged their views on regional and global issues of shared interest.

  • India and Australia have been sharing a comprehensive strategic partnership since June 2020 and are a key pillar of this defence partnership.

  • This partnership is based on a shared vision of a free, open, inclusive and prosperous Indo-Pacific region.

  • Australia and India, along with America and Japan, are part of the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (Quad), which promotes a free and open Indo-Pacific.

  • The four countries are also participants in the Malabar naval exercise.

  • About Australia

  • It is the smallest continent by area  on Earth after Asia, Africa, North America , South America, Antarctica, Europe and Australia. 

  • It is the 6th largest country in the world after Russia, Canada, China, United States, and Brazil.

  • Australia has been called “the Oldest Continent,” “the Last of Lands,” and “the Last Frontier.”

  • Its unique flora and fauna include the only egg-laying mammals on Earth, the  Platypus and Echidna.  It is also famous for its Kangaroos,Koala bears. 

  • It is the second driest continent after Antarctica.

  • Its highest peak,  Mount Kosciuszko, rises to only 7,310 feet (2,228 meters).

  • Capital : Canberra 

  • Currency : Australian Dollar 

  • Prime Minister : Scott Morrison 

  • The United Kingdom Queen Elizabeth II is the Head of the State of  Australia.

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