On Thursday, November 1, Indian Army Chief General Bipin Rawat said that India has no extra territorial ambitions and our aim is to create a conducive security envoreemnt for unhindered economic and socio—political development of country.
General Rawat was speaking at a seminar on ‘Evolving Geo-Politics of the Indo-Pacific Region – Challenges and Prospects’. The high Commissioner of Australia to India, Harinder Sidhu also attended the seminar and delivered speech at the seminar.
Army Chief said, “Our security policy flows from two basic cardinals. That is, we have no extra-territorial ambitions and we have no desire to transplant our ideologies on others. Our aim is to ensure a conducive external and internal security environment for unhindered economic progress and socio-political development. Thus, stability in the Indo-Pacific region is essential”.
India has no extra-territorial ambitions, says Army Chief Bipin Rawat
— Financial Express (@FinancialXpress) November 1, 2018
General Rawat said that Indian Ocean region remains the primary area of interest for India and India is committed to strengthen the rules based order in Indo-Pacific.
The high commissioner of Australia Harinder Sidhu expressed Australia’s interest to join Malabar exercise with India, Japan and US and said that India and Australia are important partners and need to do work, including some defence agreements, to take this relationship to the next level.
Sidhu said, “It makes sense for Australia to exercise with whom we work closely in Indian and Pacific Oceans”. She said, “While India has always been an important partner for Australia, our strategic partnership has been stronger than it has ever been. But with shared interest, our strengths as a country and strategic location in the Indo-Pacific, Australia should also be considered in the top ranks of India’s partnerships”.
She added, “To do that we need to work to take the relationship to the next level. To cement our burgeoning military ties, it makes sense for India and Australia to agree on a Mutual Logistics Support Agreement between our militaries”.