Wed, 26 Jun 2019

New Delhi [India], Mar 25 (ANI): 'Quad' is a diplomatic exercise that should be given its own space to find its own feet, say Australian diplomatic sources.

"If we try to push quad too far and too fast, then we kind of risk the undoing and diminishing the relationship we are trying to build," sources said, a week before the commencement of the third India-Australia bilateral exercise.

"If we want the quad to really work well as a confidence-building mechanism, we need to give time and space to evolve naturally," they said.

The Malabar Exercise, Australian sources said, "distracts" everyone's attention from all the things that are happening.

Shedding light on the level of trust and cooperation between forces of the two countries, sources said the defence relationship between India and Australia has reached its pinnacle.

The third joint exercise, slated to commence on April 2 at the coast of Visakhapatnam, will see the largest ever Australian defence force group to visit India since independence.

This Naval exercise will include HMAS Canberra, a P8 maritime patrol aircraft, a C130, and C17.

"For us to build strong relations, we really need to engage more deeply with other countries in the region," diplomatic sources said.

"Six countries are seen as very pivotal to Australia's security and India is one of those," sources said. The naval exercise will conclude on April 16. (ANI)

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