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Raisina Dialogue: India a natural partner in shaping region’s future, says Australian PM

By Hindustan times

Australia perceives India as a natural partner in shaping the future of the Indo-Pacific and the elevation of bilateral ties to a comprehensive strategic partnership has boosted cooperation in areas ranging from trade and critical minerals to defence, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Thursday.

The first Quad Leaders Summit last month reflected the momentum being built by Australia, India, Japan and the US to forge a positive and inclusive agenda for the Indo-Pacific, Morrison said in his keynote address at the Raisina Dialogue, the flagship conference of the external affairs ministry.

Morrison, who has established a close working relationship with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, was effusive in his praise of India’s role in Covid-19 vaccine distribution and the Vaccine Maitri initiative that has so far supplied 65.5 million doses to 91 countries.

“Australia sees India as such a natural partner in shaping the future of our region,” he said, adding this was due to a combination of geography, values, growing economic security and people-to-people ties.

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