Today in New Delhi, India will have the first-ever 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue with Australia.
At around 4:30 p.m., Australia’s Foreign Minister and Defence Minister will pay a visit to Prime Minister Narendra Modi at his 7, Lok Kalyan Marg residence.
“The decision to begin 2+2 with Australia is a reflection of the transformation in our relations over the previous five years,” a source told ANI of the ministerial talk.
After laying a wreath at the National War Memorial in the morning, Ms Payne will meet Mr Jaishankar at Hyderabad House at 10:30 a.m.
At 3 p.m., she will hold a press conference at Muthamma Hall, Jawaharlal Nehru Bhawan.
India and Australia’s relationship is at an all-time high. Economic security, cyber security, climate change, key technology, and supply chains will be among the topics discussed by the ministers.
Ms Payne said that India and Australia have made significant progress in the first year of their strategic partnership, adding that they should reflect on common ground that forms the basis of bilateral cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region.
She was speaking at an event at the Observer Research Foundation (ORF), an independent global think tank based in Delhi on Friday.
“It’s timely that we (India and Australia) reflect on both complementarity and the common view that forms the bedrock of our Indo-Pacific cooperation,” she added, referring to strategic competition in the region.
Despite the fact that the pandemic has interrupted critical areas of interaction such as education, Ms Payne emphasised that Australia is working hard to reintegrate Indian students as quickly as feasible.