India signs agreement with Australia to extend mutual Defense Partnership [ Current News (Concise) ]

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About Aim of Mutual defense Partnership: This mainly focuses on maritime security links in the Indian Ocean region and recognized the importance of freedom of maritime navigation. First - ever mutual Maritime exercise AUSINDEX between both countries is scheduled to be held in September 2015.

  • Maritime security should remain a key component of the mutual defense relationship between both countries.
  • India will take part in the first ever air exercise with Australia.

About the agreement:

  • India and Australia have agreed to extend their mutual defense partnership based on their shared strategic interests by setting up of a joint working group on defense research and material cooperation.
  • This decision was taken after the designation - level talks between Union Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar and Australian counterpart Kevin Andrews in New Delhi.
  • Implement the action plan outlined in the Framework for Security Cooperation (FSC) which was agreed by Prime Ministers Narendra Modi and his counterpart Tony Abbott in November 2014.

- Published/Last Modified on: September 15, 2015