India has officially confirmed that it has invited Australia to participate in 2020’s Malabar exercise.
Malabar exercise was first began in 1922 as a bilateral drill between Indian Navy and United States Navy. Japan joined the Navy drill as a permanent member in 2015 and this year, this will be first military drill which will include all the members of Quadrilateral Security Dialogue.
Next month military drill will include navies of India, Japan, Australia and the US
On Monday, Australia said that its participation in the Malabar Exercise next month which will also include navies of India, Japan and the US will enhance the ability of the four Quad countries to uphold peace and stability across the region. This year’s military drill will be the first to include all the member countries of the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue since its revival in the year 2017.Marise Payne, Australia’s Foreign Minister said in his statement that the announcement of military drill by Australia was another very important step in Australia’s deepening relationship with India.
She added the military drill of the Navies of all four members India, Japan, Australia and the US will help in the enhancement of ability of the countries to work together to uphold peace and stability across the region.
The agreement was signed during the virtual summit between the two Prime Ministers
In June, during the virtual summit between the two Prime Minister Morris an Modi, India and Australia signed the Mutual Logistics Support Agreement which would facilitate reciprocal access to the military bases which in turn will allow more complex joint military exercises and will improve interoperability between the armed Forces of both the countries. In the Australian statement, it said that this year’s military drill will bring four key regional defence partners together and that Malabar 2020 will mark as a milestone opportunity for the Australian Defence Force.