|Australian foreign minister Alexander Downer delivering a lecture on Australia and India: Partners into the Future at the Confederation of Indian Industry in New Delhi on Monday|
Mr Downer said that Australia was looking for strengthening bilateral ties with India and talked about furthering economic and trade ties paving the way for growth.
Responding to a query, Mr Downer said that Australia was looking for a military to military cooperation with India and warned Pakistan to curb terrorism on its soil, while justifying Indias concerns regarding cross-border terrorism in the wake of the December 13 terrorist attack on Parliament.
Both the ministers talked about expanding the strategic dialogue between the two countries. Mr Downer said that both the countries shared concerns about terrorism. And the important component against terrorism is the role played by India to fight against terrorism.
The Australian foreign minister said while Australia was aware of the steps taken by General Pervez Musharraf against terrorism, there was still much needed to be done.
Referring to the strong existing bilateral relations between Australia and China, Mr Downer urged India to concentrate more on strengthening the business relationship between the two countries and talked about investmentissues. Mr Downer also met home minister LK Advani and defence minister George Fernandes.
Several other issues including regional security, the commonwealth and a broad range of bilateral and regional matters came up for discussion with the foreign minister.
The Australian minister said that his country had sent a special force to Afghanistan to fight the Taliban and said that the war against terrorism was far from over.