This March 3, 2017 photo shows exercises during the Australian International Aerospace and Defence Exposition at the Avalon Airfield, southwest of Melbourne, Australia. Australia and the United States began their biggest ever joint military exercises on June 29, 2017 involving 33,000 troops from the two sides. (QING GUI ／XINHUA)
CANBERRA - Australia's Defense Minister Linda Reynolds has confirmed that Australia will participate in the military exercises with Japan, India and the United States scheduled for November.
Reynolds said on Monday that the Australian Defense Force (ADF) has accepted India's invitation to join exercise Malabar.
It will be the first time since 2007 for Australia to participate in the exercise, which was first held between India and the United States in 1992 before Japan became a permanent partner in 2015.
India's Defense Ministry blocked an Australian bid to join Malabar in 2017 but confirmed in a statement an invitation for November's exercise.
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