The visit assumes special significance in the light of improving economic and military cooperation between the two countries in consonance with India's growing relationship with Australia.
"Relations between India and Australia have always been close and cordial. A structured mechanism is in place both at MEA and MoD level and the bilateral cooperation, based on a shared partnership and mutuality of interest, has seen a significant expansion to include all areas of mutual interest," the Indian Army said in a statement on Monday.
The high level visit of the Army Chief will contribute significantly to the consolidation of the existing ties and give a boost to the cordial relations between the Australian and the Indian armies.
"It is essential that we maintain and further enhance the current architecture of our defence cooperation, in addition to Defence Policy Talks, Army to Army Staff Talks, training and promotion of mutually beneficial exchanges between the armies of the two countries to further the bonds between the two countries," read the statement.
During the visit, the COAS is scheduled to interact with various high level political and military dignitaries of Australia in addition to a visit to field formation and the Australian Staff College.
"The visit will contribute to the cementing of our overall relationship with Australia and strengthen the ongoing defence cooperation. This enhanced military contact with Australia will prove to be mutually beneficial to the strategic interests of both the countries," the statement said.
--IBNS (Posted on 02-09-2013)