Visit to India

25 October 2015

I will travel to India from 25 to 29 October to meet with key government counterparts and to participate in the Australia-India Leadership Dialogue. I will use the visit to engage on matters of national security and to encourage greater security and legal cooperation between Australia and India.

India is a key international partner for Australia on counter-terrorism, cyber security and international crime cooperation. I will be discussing these issues with my Indian government counterparts where we will share our experiences and responses to the evolving threats. 

I will provide an update on Australia’s legislative reforms and deradicalisation programs and will be interested in hearing from my Indian colleagues about their response to this growing problem. 

It is important that we work together to mitigate the threat of foreign fighters and to counter violent extremism. Options for improving bilateral cooperation on countering violent extremism will be explored under the India-Australia Security Framework which was agreed to in 2014.

I look forward to participating in the inaugural Australia-India Leadership Dialogue. This forum will provide a platform for leaders from a range of sectors, including government, corporate and academia to come together to further develop the Australia-India bilateral relationship and to enhance the links between our two great countries. 

My visit will also support efforts to enhance legal services access for Australian lawyers in India, which is an important area of discussion in the Australia-India Comprehensive Economic Cooperation negotiations.