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EAM Jaishankar discusses bilateral ties, Indo-Pacific and West Asia situation with Australia’s Wong

Exterior Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Friday mentioned the bilateral complete strategic partnership, the Indo-Pacific area and the state of affairs in West Asia along with his Australian counterpart Penny Wong. Jaishankar is within the Australian metropolis of Perth to attend a two-day convention on the Indian Ocean starting Friday.

“Delighted to meet FM @SenatorWong of Australia in Perth today as we gather for the 7th Indian Ocean Conference. Good exchange on our comprehensive strategic partnership and convergence on matters related to the Indian Ocean. Also discussed the Indo-Pacific, situation in West Asia and other regional and global topics,” Jaishankar posted on X together with some pictures of the assembly.

Jaishankar would handle the inaugural session of the Indian Ocean Convention, together with Sri Lankan President Ranil Wickremesinghe, Australian Overseas Minister Wong and her Singaporean counterpart Vivian Balakrishnan.

The ‘Indian Ocean Conference’ is a flagship consultative discussion board for nations within the area, organised yearly by the Ministry of Exterior Affairs (MEA) in affiliation with the India Basis.

The seventh version of the convention is being held in Perth on February 9 and 10 in affiliation with the Division of Overseas Affairs and Commerce of the Australian authorities together with Singapore’s S Rajaratnam College of Worldwide Research and Perth-US Asia Centre, the MEA mentioned in a press release on Thursday in New Delhi forward of Jaishankar’s journey to the Australian metropolis.

The theme of this version of the convention is “Towards a Stable and Sustainable Indian Ocean”.The convention will deliver collectively delegations led by ministers from over 22 nations and senior officers from 16 nations and 6 multilateral organisations, the MEA mentioned.”The convention can even witness the participation of over 400 social and company leaders, coverage practitioners, students, professionals, and media personnel from about 40 nations,” it mentioned.

Since its debut in 2016 in Singapore, the Indian Ocean Convention has performed an necessary position in bringing collectively nations and principal maritime companions of the area on a standard platform to deliberate upon the prospects of regional cooperation for Safety and Development for All within the Area (SAGAR), it added.



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