New Delhi: Australian Foreign Minister Penny Wong arrived in India to attend the G20 Foreign Ministers’ meeting and Raisina Dialogue.
Before her visit, Wong, in a statement, said, “This week I will travel to Malaysia and India to advance Australia’s bilateral relationships and promote Australia’s interests in a peaceful, stable, and prosperous Indo-Pacific region.”
Weng said she looked forward to working with her counterparts on how they can address contemporary international challenges, including strengthening the multilateral system, food and energy security, and humanitarian assistance and disaster relief. She said Australia strongly supports India’s G20 Presidency and welcomes India’s ambitious, action-oriented G20 agenda under the theme ‘One Earth, One Family, One Future’.
In a further press release, Wong said, “This will be my first visit to India as Foreign Minister, and I look forward to meeting my counterparts at the G20 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in New Delhi.”
The G20 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (FMM) under the chairmanship of India is scheduled to be held in physical format from March 1-2, 2023 in New Delhi. The New Delhi meeting will be attended by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, and UK Foreign Secretary James Cleverly. In all, representatives of 40 countries, including non-G20 members invited by India, and multilateral organizations will attend.
She said, “While in New Delhi, I will also attend the 2023 Raisina Dialogue, India’s premier forum for addressing the most challenging issues facing our regional and global community”, adding, “This year is an important milestone in Australia’s bilateral relationship with India, with many high-level Ministerial visits between our two countries.”
Meanwhile, Raisina Dialogue is all set to take place from March 2-4, 2023 at the Taj Palace Hotel, Diplomatic Enclave, New Delhi. Wong said Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, Minister for Trade and Tourism Don Farrell, and Minister for Resources Madeleine King will travel to India over the next month. She further stated Australia looks forward to hosting Prime Minister Narendra Modi when he attends the Quad Leaders’ meeting.
Wong said her visit to Malaysia will reaffirm shared priorities under Comprehensive Strategic Partnership. Wong stressed that she looks forward to holding introductory meetings with members of the new Malaysian government, including the Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Minister of Economy. She noted that Australia is committed to working with Malaysia to support ASEAN’s contribution to regional peace and security.
“These meetings will focus on advancing our significant trade and economic links, cooperation on defense and regional security, and the close ties between our peoples,” Wong stated in the press release.
On February 18, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar met Wong in Sydney. Jaishankar presented her with a cricket bat signed by Indian captain Rohit Sharma, while his Australian counterpart presented him with an Australian cricket jersey with Jaishankar written on it.