= On 11th September, 2021 India and Australia began the high-level 2+2 foreign and defence ministerial dialogue in New Delhi.
= They set out an ambitious framework for defence with Afghanistan as a major subject of discussion.
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In their talks, the two defence ministers discussed the fragile security situation in the Taliban-ruled Afghanistan and their “common concerns” relating to the possible spread of terrorism from there.
The dialogue between the ministers was instituted as part of an overall goal to expand strategic cooperation between the two countries.
India has such a framework for talks with a very few countries including the US and Japan.
Australia is a sovereign country comprising the mainland of the Australian continent, the island of Tasmania, and numerous smaller islands.
It is the world's sixth-largest country.
Australia’s capital is Canberra, located in the southeast between the larger and more important economic and cultural centres of Sydney and Melbourne.
The Great Dividing Range, is a cordillera system in eastern that runs roughly parallel to the east coast of Australia and forms the fifth-longest land-based mountain chain in the world, and the longest within a single country.
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India was Australia's seventh-largest trading partner and sixth-largest export market in 2020, driven by coal and international education.
Two-way goods and services trade with India was $24.4 billion in 2020
On 4 June 2020 , India participated in the Australia-India Leaders' Virtual Summit.
At this meeting, boh countries elevated the bilateral Strategic Partnership concluded in 2009 to a Comprehensive Strategic Partnership (CSP).
As part of the CSP, Australian and Indian Foreign and Defence Ministers decided to meet to discuss strategic issues in a '2+2' format at least every two years.
India remains Australia's largest source of skilled migrants and the second largest source of international students