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India, Australia revive bilateral Framework Dialogue

world Updated: Jun 23, 2008 12:31 IST

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India and Australia on Monday revived the bilateral Framework Dialogue between the two Foreign Ministers and underlined a strong bond and enduring shared interests that underpin their growing relationship.

External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee met with his Australian counterpart Stephen Smith in Canberra and reaffirmed that the two countries were committed to take bilateral talks to a new and high level.

Reviving the Framework Dialogue mechanism, which held its last meeting in 2005, Mukherjee and Smith welcomed the diversification and strengthening of political links between India and Australia.

The two ministers also emphasised that regular high-level political contact would continue to underpin bilateral relations, according to a joint statement issued in Canberra.

On his maiden visit to Australia, Mukherjee said this would provide another opportunity for continuing dialogue with Canberra.

Mukherjee welcomed Australia's bid for a non-permanent UNSC seat for the 2013-2014 term and noted India would follow Australia's initiatives in appointing an envoy to explore how an Asia-pacific community as suggested recently by Canberra be evolved overtime to respond to the emerging opportunities.

Australia had recently mooted the idea of forming a Asia-Pacific grouping, on the lines of the European Union, to deal with political, security and economic challenges.