Taliban's Rise Raises Security Concerns For India

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on conveyed to his Australian counterpart Peter Dutton that the rise of Taliban raises serious security concerns for India and the region as the terror groups having bases in Afghanistan could get further support to expand their activities, official sources said. In the in-person talks, Mr Singh also said that Afghan territory should not be used to threaten or attack any other country and emphasised that the international community must do everything possible to ensure the implementation of the UN Security Council resolution 2593 on Afghanistan, they said. Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne and Defence Minister Dutton arrived in New Delhi on Friday on a three-day visit primarily to take part in the inaugural two-plus-two ministerial dialogue between the two countries. In his talks with Dutton, Mr Singh also talked about India s concerns over violation of human rights and suppression of rights of women, children and minority communities under the Taliban regime, the sources said. This partnership is based on our shared vision of 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," he said with Dutton by his side. Mr Singh said both sides agreed that there are opportunities of bilateral collaboration for co-development and co production of military equipment and that he invited the Australian industry to take advantage of India s liberalised foreign direct investment policies in the defence sector. "I apprised Minister Dutton about our recent efforts towards "Atmanirbhar Bharat" (self-reliant India) and growing innovation ecosystem in India. We discussed opportunities to work together in Defence Science and Technology areas," Mr Singh said. Defence and military cooperation between India and Australia is on an upswing in the last few years.

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