New Delhi, Pretr. Defense Minister Rajnath Singh and his visiting Australian counterpart Richard Marles will discuss the possibility of new initiatives to further expand bilateral defense ties in their meeting on Wednesday. The Defense Ministry said that the two ministers will deliberate on regional and global issues of common interest. He will also review the defense cooperation between the two countries. The India-Australia Comprehensive Strategic Partnership is based on a shared vision of a free, open, inclusive and prosperous Indo-Pacific region.

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese’s Labor Party came to power after the Scott Morrison-led coalition was defeated in parliamentary elections last month. After this Marles’ visit is the first high-level visit from Australia to India. Marles is also the Deputy Prime Minister of Australia. His four-day visit to India began on Monday. Marles visited Goa Shipyard Limited in Goa.

The Australian Defense Minister also participated in a yoga session on International Day of Yoga. He tweeted, “Before a busy few days in India, the morning started with yoga. Looking forward to meeting my counterpart in the midst of a busy few days’ schedule and see the close partnership. In response, Rajnath tweeted, “Glad to see Australia’s Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister Richard Marles doing yoga on Yoga Day.

Edited By: Dhyanendra Singh Chauhan