Lauding significant progress in the defence engagements between India and Australia based on Comprehensive Strategic Partnership, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Saturday said that both the countries are exploring new areas in the field of artificial intelligence (AI) and unmanned vehicles.
New Delhi [India], September 11 : Speaking at India-Australia 2+2 ministerial dialogue which is underway in New Delhi, Singh said, “During virtual leader’s summit talks in June 2020 between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Australian counterpart Scott Morrison, we reached Comprehensive Strategic Partnership. This shows how close we are.” This partnership is based on the shared vision of a free, open, inclusive and rule-based Indo-Pacific region.
Both, Australia and India have tremendous stakes in peace, development and free flow of trade, rules-based order and economic growth in the region.
Lauding significant progress in the bilateral relations between India-Australia, Singh added, “We are happy to witness significant progress in the bilateral relations between India-Australia. The interoperability between our defence engagements has seen a significant increase. In bilateral and multilateral engagements, due to joint exercises, the synergies and complexities in our armed forces have increased.”
He also said that the two countries are exploring new areas in the field of artificial intelligence and unmanned vehicles and thanked the Australian delegation for visiting during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We are exploring new areas in the development of artificial intelligence, and unmanned vehicles. Your visit to India in the times of COVID-19 shows our strong ties. I am hopeful for engaging and fruitful talks.”
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne and Australia Defence Minister Peter Dutton participated in the meeting.
Australian Ministers pay tribute to people who lost lives in 9/11 attacks at US Embassy in India
Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne and Defence Minister Peter Dutton visited US Embassy in New Delhi on Saturday to pay tribute to the people who lost their lives in the 9/11 attacks, on the 20th anniversary of the attack.
“Today, we mark the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks and mourn the nearly 3,000 lives lost. Thank you to Australian @dfat Minister Marise Payne, @DeptDefence Minister Peter Dutton, and @AusHCIndia High Commissioner Barry O’Farrell for joining us to honor their memory,” tweeted US Embassy in India. Australia’s High Commissioner to India Barry O’Farrell was also present along with the Australian ministers to pay tribute and mourn the death of nearly 3,000 people.
US President Joe Biden on the eve of the 20th anniversary of the horrific 9/11 attacks, commemorated the lives of 2,977 people who lost their lives on the day 20 years ago.
“To the families of 2,977 people from more than 90 nations killed on September 11, 2001, in New York City, Arlington, Virginia and Shanksville, Pennsylvania and a thousand more who were injured. America commemorates you and your loved ones,” Biden said in a video message posted on the Twitter account of the US President.