Australian Foreign minister Julie Bishop to visit India today to strengthen defense ties


NEW DELHI: Australian foreign minister Julie Bishop is all set to visit India today to intensify meeting on defense and security issues with Indian PM Narendra Modi.

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The meeting is likely to be utilized by the two countries to solve out differences in the continuing discussions for a free trade deal.

“We will discuss our shared interests in a stable IndoPacific, our deepening defence and security relationship, and how we can boost trade and economic ties,” Bishop stated.

When Australia’s high commissioner informed India’s Harinder Sidhu that she will be coming to India, he greeted the declaration of Bishop’s visit and stated the visit placed importance on India as one of Australia’s top economic and security associates. “We are committed to exploring ways to expand our engagement even further,” Sidhu said.

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During her two day visit, Julie Bishop will meet with Union foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj to discuss about strengthening regional commitment, defence and security issues. “Bishop will deliver the second Indo-Pacific Oration,” Australian high commission stated.