Australia-India working closely on security cooperation: Envoy

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Chandigarh | Published: July 25, 2016 5:03:28 PM

Australia has placed India at the forefront of its international relationships and both are working together more closely than ever on security cooperation, Australian High Commissioner...

"Australia and India are working together more closely than ever on security cooperation," Harinder Singh told reporters. (Source: Twitter)?Australia and India are working together more closely than ever on security cooperation,? Harinder Singh told reporters. (Source: Twitter)

Australia has placed India at the forefront of its international relationships and both are working together more closely than ever on security cooperation, Australian High Commissioner to India Harinder Sidhu said here on Monday.

She also announced to equip India’s workforce to meet the demands of the expanding economy.

“Australia and India are working together more closely than ever on security cooperation,” she told reporters.

“We had our first joint naval exercise last year (2015), and we think the bilateral security relationship will go a long way. Our civil nuclear cooperation agreement has entered into force, enabling the export of uranium to India,” Sidhu, who is on her first visit to Punjab, the state from where her family has its roots, said.

Given the strategic alignment, the envoy said: “India and Australia are well placed to work together on challenges in the Indian Ocean region.”

She said the two-way Prime Ministerial visit in 2014 was a milestone, setting out an ambitious forward agenda.

“Last year we saw new or expanded maritime, cyber, terrorism and transnational crime dialogues between our nations.”

“It will be important to build and strengthen institutions and norms in the region which can help manage tensions. From Australia’s strategic perspective, the East Asia Summit is the regional institution which has the highest priority and the most potential to promote consultation to resolve regional issues peacefully.”

The economic front is on a solid footing, she said.

“In 2015, two-way trade between Australia and India was valued at AUD 20 billion. India is now Australia’s ninth largest trading partner and fifth largest export market. And trade is growing steadily.”
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