16 October 2021 14:12

PM Scott Morrison, PM Modi review progress in India-Australia Comprehensive Strategic Partnership

The two leaders also exchanged perspectives on regional developments and the forthcoming Quad meeting.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Wednesday spoke with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in which the two leaders reviewed the rapid progress in India-Australia Comprehensive Strategic Partnership, including through the recent 2+2 Dialogue.

The two leaders also exchanged perspectives on regional developments and the forthcoming Quad meeting.

“Was happy to speak with my friend Scott Morrison. We reviewed the rapid progress in the India-Australia Comprehensive Strategic Partnership, including through the recent 2+2 Dialogue. We also exchanged perspectives on regional developments and the forthcoming Quad meeting,” PM Modi said in a tweet.

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Both leaders stressed on regional & global developments as well as ongoing bilateral cooperation in areas related to Covid-19, trade, defence, clean energy.

PM Morrison did briefly mentioned the rationale of the “Australian side on AUKUS alliance” to PM Modi during the bilateral, says Indian Foreign Secretary Shringla

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Prime Minister Morrison said, “We were able to agree to some important new initiatives.”

“At our meeting today we agreed to go forward with a low emissions technology partnership, a partnership that will focus on hydrogen development, ultra-low-cost solar programs, to support their energy transition.”

“If we want to address climate change, then we need to address the change that is necessary in developing economies, so they can grow their economies, build their industries, make the things the world needs.”

“We’ll work together closely with our good friends in India, to work with the comparative advantages that Australia has, particularly in the area of hydrogen, and working together with their manufacturing capabilities so they can realise that in their own country,”

added Mr Morrison

Indian FS Shringla also said PM Modi mentioned that the Indian community was very looked after during the ‘Covid Crisis’ to Mr Morrison.

PM Scott Morrison would be participating, along with Indian Prime Minister, Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga of Japan and US President Joseph R Biden, in the Leaders’ Summit of the Quadrilateral Framework in Washington on September 24.

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During the discussion, the leaders will discuss regional issues of shared interest and will also review the progress made since their first virtual summit that was held on March 12.
Recent developments in Afghanistan are also expected to figure prominently in the deliberations.

Indian PM Modi is also likely to have one on one meeting with Quad leaders including US President Joe Biden. 

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