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India, Australia discuss Indo-Pacific cooperation

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Canberra: Indian Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale and Defence Secretary Sanjay Mitra meet their Australian counterparts Frances Adamson and Greg Moriarty on the sidelines of 2nd
Indian Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale and Defence Secretary Sanjay Mitra meet their Australian counterparts Frances Adamson and Greg Moriarty on the sidelines of 2nd "2+2" Dialogue in Canberra, Australia

India and Australia discussed cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region at the second 2+2 Dialogue between the two countries…reports Asian Lite News

Canberra: Indian Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale and Defence Secretary Sanjay Mitra meet their Australian counterparts Frances Adamson and Greg Moriarty on the sidelines of 2nd "2+2" Dialogue in Canberra, Australia on Oct 10, 2018. (Photo: IANS/MEA) by .
Indian Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale and Defence Secretary Sanjay Mitra meet their Australian counterparts Frances Adamson and Greg Moriarty on the sidelines of 2nd “2+2” Dialogue in Canberra, Australia

“India and Australia share warm and multi-faceted relations based on shared democratic values and pluralism,” the Indian External Affairs Ministry said in a statement.

“At the meeting, both sides underlined the growing convergence on a number of strategic perspectives including the need for a free, open and inclusive Indo-Pacific region,” it said.

India and Australia are part of a quad revived last year, which also includes the US and Japan, that seeks to work for peace and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific.

The Indo-Pacific has been growing in geopolitical importance in the face of China’s growing influence in the region.

Indian Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale and Defence Secretary Sanjay Mitra held the second 2+2 Foreign Secretaries and Defence Secretaries Dialogue with their Australian counterparts, Secretary of Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Frances Adamson and Secretary of Department of Defence Greg Moriarty.