India and Australia commit to inclusive growth in the Indo-Pacific

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S Jaishankar said his talks with his Australian counterpart had been very fruitful.

Melbourne:

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Saturday welcomed the reopening of the Australian border which will help stranded Indian students and visa holders return to Australia.

Australia is set to open its border to fully vaccinated tourists and all visa holders, nearly two years after borders were first closed due to COVID-19.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced on Monday that the country will be open to all fully vaccinated visa holders, including tourists, from February 21.

Addressing a joint press conference with his Australian counterpart Marise Payne, Mr Jaishankar said the two ministers had had productive, useful and wide-ranging discussions.

“And much of our discussion reflects the real and profound transformation of our relationship that has taken place in this very difficult time of COVID-19,” the foreign minister said.

“I welcome the opening of the border by the Australian government which will help those who have been in India while waiting to return, especially students, temporary visa holders and separated families and that is something that is greatly appreciated. appreciated,” he added. .

Jaishankar informed that the two countries have concluded the 12th Foreign Minister Framework Dialogue and the first Cyber ​​Framework Dialogue.

“The Cyber ​​Framework Dialogue is a direct result of the virtual summit held in June when we elevated our ties to global strategic partners,” he said.

He said his discussion with Payne was very comprehensive and very fruitful. “We looked at a very wide range of topics regarding bilateral, regional and global partnership,” he added.

“We have also shared our experiences in responding to the challenges of COVID. We are also helping other friendly countries, especially with the vaccine. And we are committed to building more reliable and resilient supply chains and ensuring growth broad and inclusive in the Indo-Pacific,” Mr. Jaishankar added.

This bilateral meeting comes a day after the 4th quadruple meeting of foreign ministers on Friday. Mr. Jaishankar also held bilateral talks with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

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