Australian defence minister likely to meet PM Narendra Modi today

Australian Defence Minister Kevin Andrews, who arrived in India on Monday evening, will on Tuesday likely hold talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Australian defence minister likely to meet PM Narendra Modi today

New Delhi: Australian Defence Minister Kevin Andrews, who arrived in India on Monday evening, will on Tuesday likely hold talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Albeit he is scheduled to meet the Prime Minister today, yet it is not fixed and the meeting could be postponed to Wednesday, when Andrews will lay a wreath at Amar Jawan Jyoti at India Gate and be accorded a guard of honour at the Defence Ministry.

On Wednesday, he is also slated to meet his counterpart Manohar Parrikar, as well as External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Home Minister Rajnath Singh, and National Security Adviser Ajit Doval.

The minister will leave India on Thursday.

This is the first meeting between defence ministers of India and Australia following the release of the Framework for Security Cooperation by Prime Ministers Modi and Tony Abbott during the former's Australia visit in November 2014, and is being viewed as an important dialogue and an opportunity to set the direction of bilateral defence engagement in line with the expectations of the framework.

It also comes ahead of AUSINDEX, the first ever bilateral maritime exercise of Indian and Australian navies.

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