India Australia 2+2 Dialogue

 Addressing the media after the inaugural “2+2” Minister-level meeting held, India and Australia displayed a common approach to the Afghan crisis with External Affairs Minister Jaishanka saying the policy is summed up by the Security Council Resolution 2593.

 

What is UN Security Council Resolution 2593

 UN Security Council Resolution 2593, emphasises most of all, Afghanistan must not allow its soil to be used in any manner by any body for terrorism.

 

Important Points:

  • The international community wants to ensure that Afghanistan can never again become a “safe haven” of terrorism.
  • The comments about the Afghan scenario came in the backdrop of the Taliban cancelling a public event where its leaders were to take formal charge of the country.
  • The statements by the Ministers indicated the lingering concern about Taliban’s links with global terrorism, that was further amplified as the dialogue was held on the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks that Ms. Payne described it as an attack not just on the U.S. but also on the “modern, pluralist, democratic world”.
  • Payne said the immediate concern of Australia was to ensure that those with visas of other countries wishing to leave Afghanistan should be allowed to do so ‘safely’. She said Afghanistan faces a humanitarian emergency because of a drought-like situation and displacement of the domestic population.
  • “We are very conscious of the impact of violence and breaches of human rights of the Afghanistan community, and again call for the fundamentals of human rights to be observed,” said Ms. Payne urged the UN Food Programme and other relief organisations to ensure help for the war-affected citizens.
  • Payne focused on the erosion of the rights of women and young girls since the “fall of Kabul” on August 15. “I would also strongly reinforce Australia’s views in relation to the position of women and girls,” she said, calling for safeguarding their rights that were promoted in the last two decades.
  • Singh and Mr. Dutton highlighted the maritime domain and urged for an “open and inclusive” Indo-Pacific region. “The important partnership between India and Australia is based on the shared vision of the Indo-Pacific region as a free, open, inclusive and prosperous domain.”
  • Dutton formally announced that Australia will invite India to the “Exercise Talisman Sabre” in 2023 and said Canberra will increase its defence diplomatic representation in New Delhi. He described the move as a “very significant and historic step”.