Australian Defence Minister Stephen Smith’s three-day visit to India in December ’11 is considered significant in progressing defence cooperation between the two countries. Received by Defence Minister AK Antony, Defence Secretary Shashikant Sharma and other senior officials of the Ministry, he was given a tri-Services Guard of Honour. India and Australia are currently Chair and Vice-Chair of Indian Ocean Region Association for Regional Cooperation. During discussion on Defence Cooperation Antony conveyed that New Delhi looks forward to developing its exchanges with Australia both bilaterally and multilaterally like ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting Plus (ADMM Plus) etc.
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