I Am Open To Exploring The Possibility Of Trilateral Cooperation With India & Other Countries In Our Region

India- Australia Virtual Leaders’ Summit between Prime Minister Scott Morrison & PM Modi held in June, is breakthrough, elevating Comprehensive & Strategic Partnership especially in Defence & security. How does Australia plan to take forward the shared vision of a free, open, inclusive and rules-based Indo-Pacific region?

I would like to start by noting what great friends India and Australia are. India is the world’s largest democracy, and is critical to the strategic balance of power in the Indo-Pacific. Trade with India is important to many regional economies, including Australia’s.

Australia and India have much in common: our Commonwealth history, democracy, trade, the large Indian community here in Australia, and of course cricket!

On the 4th of June, Prime Minister Morrison and Indian Prime Minister Modi announced the historic elevation of the India-Australia relationship to a Comprehensive Strategic Partnership.

Our bilateral defence relationship is at an historic peak. Our joint defence activities quadrupling between 2014 and 2019.

The Comprehensive Strategic Partnership commits us to work together in ten areas, including: science and technology; maritime; defence; regional and multilateral forums; terrorism; the economy; innovation and entrepreneurship; education, culture and tourism; UN and international bodies; and public administration and governance.

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