India Will Play A Critical Role In Building Open, Inclusive, Prosperous Indo-Pacific Region, Says PM Scott Morrison

Prime Minister Scott Morrison also reflected on the joint declaration between Australia and India on a shared vision for maritime cooperation in the Indo-Pacific.

Neel Raju Nalawade

June 4, 2020

World

3 min

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Prime Minister Scott Morrison said that Australia is committed to build an open, inclusive as well as a prosperous Indo-Pacific region and India’s role in that region will be critical in years ahead. In a virtual meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Scott Morrison said that “In the Indo-Pacific, we are committed to an open, inclusive and prosperous region and India’s role in that region will be critical in years ahead. The cultural links that we enjoy between our countries are well known. And what I am excited about is it’s time for our relationship to go broader and to go deeper,”

“I thank you (PM Modi) for your leadership not just within India but broadly throughout G20, Indo-Pacific and the stabilising, constructive and very positive role that you have played in these very difficult times,” he added. He thanked Prime Minister Modi for extending an invitation to visit India soon and said he looked forward to meeting him at the G7 summit which is scheduled to take place in the United States later this year, as per an ANI report.

Morrison also reflected on the joint declaration between Australia and India on a shared vision for maritime cooperation in the Indo-Pacific which looks forward to bring together scientists from the two countries. The Australian Prime Minister said that “We share an ocean. We share responsibilities for that ocean as well. It’s health, it’s well-being, it’s security and the relationship we are forming around those issues on our maritime domain”.

“In a time like this, we want to do very much with friends and trusted partners. This is a partnership which has stood the test during the course of this current crisis. We share a vision for open and free rules by multilateral systems in our region whether that is in the health area or it is in the trade or other places,” he further added.

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