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PM Modi holds bilateral meetings with his Japanese and Australian counterparts

Updated: September 24, 2021 12:53 pm

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Yoshihide Suga had a fruitful meeting in Washington DC. The two leaders held discussions on several issues including ways to give further impetus to trade and cultural ties.

They discussed a range of issues including Indo-Pacific, regional developments, supply chain resilience, trade, digital economy and people to people ties.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi also held a bilateral meeting with his Australian counterpart Scott Morrison on the sidelines of the Quad Leaders’ Summit in Washington DC last night. This was the first in-person meeting between the two leaders in the post-pandemic period. The last bilateral meeting between Prime Minister Modi and Prime Minister Morrison was the Leaders’ Virtual Summit held on 4 June last year when the Strategic Partnership between India and Australia was elevated to a Comprehensive Strategic Partnership.

During the meeting, the two Prime Ministers discussed a broad range of issues of bilateral, regional and global importance. They noted with satisfaction the regular high-level engagements between the two countries, including the recently held first India-Australia Foreign and Defence Ministers’ 22 Dialogue.

The Prime Ministers reviewed the progress achieved since the Leaders’ Virtual Summit. Both the leaders resolved to continue close cooperation for mutual well-being and towards advancing their shared objective of an open, free, prosperous and rules-based Indo-Pacific region.

They expressed satisfaction at the ongoing negotiations on a bilateral Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement (CECA). They welcomed the visit to India by former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott as PM Scott Morrison’s Special Trade Envoy for India, and noted the commitment of both sides to achieve an early harvest announcement on an interim agreement by December 2021.

The Prime Ministers underlined the need for the international community to address the issue of Climate Change on an urgent basis.

Prime Minister Modi highlighted the need for a broader dialogue on environment protection. Both leaders also discussed possibilities of providing clean technologies.

The Prime Ministers agreed that as two vibrant democracies in the region, the two countries needed to work closer together to overcome the challenges in the post-pandemic world, inter alia to enhance supply chain resilience.

Both leaders lauded the immense contribution of the Indian Diaspora to Australia’s economy and society, and discussed ways to enhance people to people ties.

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