Emerging Security Ties between India and Australia after Taliban Took Power
September 12, 2021
On the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on the United States, India and Australia pledged on Saturday to strengthen their security cooperation, particularly in light of the Taliban takeover in Afghanistan. India and Australia, along with the US and Japan, are members of the Quad, an informal group of the Indo-Pacific region’s four large democracies formed primarily to address the challenge posed by an increasingly powerful China.
The main topic of talks between Indian and Australian ministers in New Delhi was the situation in Afghanistan, where the Taliban has seized power following the departure of US and other foreign troops after two decades. “Yesterday marks the twentieth anniversary of 9/11. It serves as a reminder of the critical importance of combating terrorism without compromising” Jaishankar, India’s Foreign Minister, said following talks with his Australian counterpart Marise Payne.
According to Payne, India and Australia want to confirm that Afghanistan “never again becomes a safe haven for terrorist breeding and training.” The Taliban were deposed by US forces in 2001 after they provided safe haven to Osama bin Laden and other leaders of the al Qaeda network, which claimed responsibility for the 9/11 attacks.” we have a geopolitical environment that is rapidly changing, and we must effectively respond, bilaterally and with other like-minded partners, to protect our national interests as well as ensure a peaceful, stable, and prosperous Indo-Pacific region,” Jaishankar said.
Myanmar and international maritime disputes involving China were among the topics discussed on Saturday in talks attended by India and Australia’s defence ministers. According to Indian Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, the two countries have decided to expand their military engagement, and he has invited Australia to participate in the production and development of defence equipment in India.