Today Prime Minister Narendra Modi and I announced a new Comprehensive Strategic Partnership (CSP) between Australia and India.
The CSP takes our bilateral relationship to a new level of cooperation, based on mutual understanding, trust, common interests and the shared values of democracy and the rule of law.
It reflects Australia and India’s strong commitment to working together at a time of unprecedented global challenges, such as COVID-19.
Our Partnership is in line with India's increasing engagement in the Indo-Pacific region through her Indo-Pacific vision and Australia's Indo-Pacific approach and its Pacific Step-Up for the South Pacific.
Our Foreign and Defence Ministers will meet in a ‘2+2’ format at least every two years to discuss strategic issues and take forward our Partnership.
By further strengthening our partnership, we also contribute to a more secure, open, inclusive and prosperous Indo-Pacific.
The text of the CSP joint statement is attached.