Canberra (PTI): External Affairs Minister on Monday met Australian Defence Minister Richard Marles and said that the growing defence and security cooperation between both countries ensures a peaceful, prosperous and rules-based Indo-Pacific region.
“Pleased to meet DPM and Defence Minister of Australia @RichardMarlesMP. Exchanged views on regional and global security,” Jaishanakar said, amidst the Chinese military’s aggressive moves in the strategic Indo-Pacific region.
“Our growing defence and security cooperation ensures a peaceful, prosperous and rules-based Indo-Pacific,” Jaishankar tweeted along with a picture in which he is seen gifting a bat signed by former Indian captain Virat Kohli to the Australian Defence Minister.
The US, India and several other world powers have been talking about the need to ensure a free, open and thriving Indo-Pacific in the backdrop of China’s rising military manoeuvring in the region. The US, India, Australia and Japan are also part of the Quad grouping.
China claims nearly all of the disputed South China Sea, though Taiwan, the Philippines, Brunei, Malaysia and Vietnam all claim parts of it. Beijing has built artificial islands and military installations in the South China Sea.
Jaishankar, who arrived in Canberra on Monday, also met Australia’s Education Minister Jason Clare and discussed the importance of quality education.
“Glad to meet Australia’s Education Minister @JasonClareMP today afternoon in Canberra. Discussed the importance of quality education, need for an international outlook and preparation for the global workplace,” he tweeted.
“A pleasure to catch up this afternoon with India’s Minister for External Affairs @DrSJaishankar and discuss the work we are doing together on international education,” Clare tweeted.
Over 2.60 lakh students have arrived in Australia to take up higher education soon after the country opened its borders following the impact caused by Covid19 enforced lockdown, an official said on Saturday. Australia has unveiled the Study Australia Industry Experience programme for Indian students aimed at enhancing employability skills, Australian Trade and Investment Commissioner-South Asia Abdul Ekram said in September.
Earlier, in a joint press conference with Australian Foreign Minister Penny Wong, Jaishankar said that India wants Australia to partner in education.
“One of them is a proposal that’s been under discussion for an understanding of mobility, on the mobility of talent and skills, how we can grow education and what we could do particularly bearing in mind, India’s New National Education Policy (NEP). We certainly would like to see Australia, which is one of our major partners in education, also having a stronger presence in India, and that’s something which our Prime Ministers had discussed as well when they had met in Tokyo.”
This is Jaishankar’s second visit to Australia this year.
The first visit was in February 2022 when he attended Quad Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Melbourne.
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Islamabad, Oct 11: Pakistan’s health ministry has approved the purchase of over 6 million mosquito nets from India, as the country scrambles to contain the spread of malaria and other vector-borne diseases due to the unprecedented floods, according to a media report on Tuesday.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) is using financial resources provided by Global Fund to acquire the nets for Pakistan, Geo.tv report said.
The WHO officials said they are planning to obtain mosquito nets as early as possible and are hopeful that these would be obtained by next month via the Wagah route, the report said.
More than 1,700 people were killed, 33 million displaced and a third of the country was submerged under water in the worst floods to hit Pakistan, brought about by unprecedented rains since mid-June.
In September, the World Health Organisation (WHO) warned that a surge in diseases like malaria can cause a “second disaster.”
Last week, the WHO warned of 2.7 million malaria cases in 32 districts in flood-hit Pakistan by January 2023.
“Malaria is spreading at a rapid pace in 32 flood-affected districts of the country where thousands of children are infected with the mosquito-borne disease,” officials said.
Pakistan’s health ministry had sought permission to procure mosquito nets from India last month, the report said.
The official said they had requested the Global Fund for the arrangement of mosquito nets for the 26 most-affected districts of Sindh, Punjab and Balochistan, where Plasmodium Falciparum cases were reported.
In response, it offered to procure these nets from India if the Pakistan government approved such a move.
Relations between India and Pakistan have been strained over the Kashmir issue and cross-border terrorism emanating from Pakistan.
Bilateral ties nosedived after India abrogated Article 370 of the Constitution, revoking the special status of Jammu and Kashmir and bifurcating the State into two Union Territories on August 5, 2019.
Following India’s decision, Pakistan downgraded diplomatic ties with New Delhi and expelled the Indian envoy.
Trade ties between Pakistan and India have largely been frozen since then.
Sydney: India had “very difficult” two-and-a-half-years in its ties with China which included the first bloodshed on their border after 40 years, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said here on Tuesday, but asserted that he kept communication line open with Beijing as neighbours have to deal with each other.
Kolkata: The Calcutta High Court on Tuesday directed that no fireworks other than green crackers bearing QR codes would be imported and sold in West Bengal.
New Delhi: The Congress on Tuesday dismissed as a “complete lie” apex child rights body NCPCR’s allegation that the party has violated the law by setting up ‘Jawahar Bal Manch’ and “using children” for political purposes during the ‘Bharat Jodo Yatra’.
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