New Delhi. Australia said on Thursday that it was deeply disappointed with the formation of the Taliban’s interim cabinet. Australia’s High Commissioner to India Barry O’Farrell said that he is in touch with his close partners and allies regarding developments in Afghanistan. He said that the situation in Afghanistan is likely to be discussed during the ministerial talks between India and Australia. Australian Foreign Minister Maris Payne and Defense Minister Peter Dutton will be visiting India from September 10-12 for talks with their Indian counterparts. Farrell said that Australia wants to take the relationship with India further. The two senior Australian ministers are on a tour in the backdrop of the Taliban seizing power in Afghanistan. The issue is likely to be discussed in separate meetings of External Affairs Minister Jaishankar and Defense Minister Rajnath Singh with their counterparts.
He noted the non-inclusion of any representatives of the Hazara community as well as other minorities, except women and members of the previous government, in the interim government set up by the Taliban. The high commissioner also mentioned the inclusion of members of the Haqqani network, who were included in the UN list of terrorists.
India, Australia Two-Plus-Two Ministerial Dialogue
The two-plus-two ministerial dialogue between India and Australia to be held on September 11 is expected to focus broadly on further enhancing overall defense and security ties and promoting strategic cooperation in the Indo-Pacific. Sources gave this information on Tuesday. He said External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and Defense Minister Rajnath Singh will hold talks with Australian Foreign Minister Maris Payne and Defense Minister Peter Dutton.
Sources said the two-plus-two talks are expected to focus on promoting overall cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region in the wake of China’s growing military aggression in the region. The two plus two talks are also expected to take place on the expansion of bilateral cooperation in the areas of maritime security. A two-plus-two dialogue was established between the foreign and defense ministers as part of the overall goal of expanding strategic cooperation between the two countries. India has such a framework for dialogue with very few countries including the US and Japan.
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