Australian Foreign Minister Penny Wong arrives in Delhi for ‘2+2 ministerial dialogue’

Penny Wong was accorded a warm welcome at the Air Force Station in Delhi’s Palam on Monday morning.

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To strengthen bilateral ties, Australian Foreign Minister Penny Wong arrived in Delhi in the second India-Australia 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue this morning.

Penny Wong arrives in Delhi for 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue

Penny Wong was accorded a warm welcome at the Air Force Station in Delhi’s Palam.

Taking it to X, MEA spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said, “A warm welcome to FM @SenatorWong of Australia as she arrives in New Delhi to co-chair the 2nd India-Australia 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue and the 14th Foreign Ministers' Framework Dialogue. A rich agenda of discussion covering various facets of the India-Australia partnership awaits.”

Meanwhile, Australian Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister Richard Marles has already arrived in India for the upcoming 2+2 dialogue between the two countries.

Both Australian leaders will co-chair the dialogue with their Indian counterparts, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh.

Australian Deputy PM on India-Australia ties

Speaking on the India-Australia ties earlier, Marles said, "India is a top-tier security partner for Australia and our Comprehensive Strategic Partnership is one of practical, tangible actions that directly benefit the Indo-Pacific region.”

Noting that this year has seen several firsts in the India-Australia defence relationship, including an Indian submarine visit to Perth and Australia's hosting of Exercise Malabar, the Deputy PM added that all this demonstrates the growing closeness of both nation's defence and security partnerships, according to the Australian Foreign Ministry.

"Our cooperation with India is at the heart of Australia's approach to ensuring the Indo-Pacific remains open, inclusive and resilient," he added.

Meanwhile, Foreign Affairs Minister Wong stated that the India-Australia partnership is central to the stability and prosperity of our shared region.

"Along with our deepening defence and security cooperation, Australia is committed to partnering with India more closely for the benefit of our region, in the Indian Ocean, in Southeast Asia and the Pacific," she stressed.

About 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue

Notably, the 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue is a cornerstone of the India-Australia relationship and an opportunity to progress in working together to shape the type of region they want.

During their meeting, the ministers will advance cooperation on their shared regional interests, including defence, security, renewable energy and technology, the statement added.