The 3rd Edition of India-Australia Foreign and Defence Secretaries’ Dialogue (2+2) was held on 09 December 2019 in New Delhi. Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale and Defence Secretary Dr. Ajay Kumar led the Indian delegation for 2+2, while the Australian delegation was led by Frances Adamson, Secretary, Department of Foreign Affairs and Greg Moriarty, Secretary, Department of Defence. The delegation called on Dr. S. Jaishankar, Minister of External Affairs.
During the India-Australia Foreign and Defence Secretaries’ Dialogue (2+2), the two sides welcomed the recent progress made in deepening bilateral, political, economic, security and defence cooperation. They discussed recent regional and global developments. They also exchanged views on achieving their shared objective of peace, prosperity and progress in the Indo-Pacific region. The two sides emphasized the need for enhanced collaboration to counter the threat of terrorism and violent extremism through increased information sharing. The India-Australia Foreign and Defence Secretaries’ Dialogue (2+2) meeting provided opportunities for the two sides to review the status of their bilateral relationship in the context of emerging scenarios.
The Australian delegation had a meeting with Pankaj Saran, Dy. National Security Advisor and Vijay Thakur Singh, Secretary (East) to discuss bilateral issues.