While Prime Minister Narendra Modi called for increased cooperation in areas such as emerging technologies, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison urged countries in the Indo-Pacific to ensure that the horrific events in Ukraine do not take place in the region.

At the conclusion of the second India-Australia virtual summit, leaders of both countries pledged on Monday (March 21, 2022) closer cooperation on trade, critical minerals, migration, education and mobility. At the end of the meeting, the Australian side announced an investment of Rs 1500 crore in India.

Opening words from PM Modi & PM Morrison

While Prime Minister Narendra Modi called for increased cooperation in areas such as emerging technologies, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison urged countries in the Indo-Pacific to ensure that the horrific events in Ukraine do not take place in the region.

Prime Minister Modi gave his opening speech in Hindi and made no mention of the conflict between Russia and Ukraine. Instead, he stressed the responsibility of countries with shared values ​​such as India and Australia to ensure checks and balances for critical and new emerging technologies.

And he also stated that bilateral cooperation between the two countries in key areas including trade, defense and security, education, science and technology and innovation has reached new heights after the two sides closed their ties with a comprehensive strategic partnership in 2020 exalted.

Prime Minister Morrison also noted in his opening address that the summit took place against the “deeply disturbing backdrop of the war in Europe”. And said Russia should be held accountable for the tragic loss of life in Ukraine. In his virtual speech, the Australian leader stated that the focus should be on the Indo-Pacific region and to ensure that these events never happen in the Indo-Pacific region.

He said the Indo-Pacific region is facing “increasing change and a lot of pressure” and also said that QUAD member countries had recently discussed “The illegal invasion of Ukraine” and the “implications and consequences of that terrible event in the Indo-Pacific Region.”

In his remarks, he highlighted the progress made in several areas of cooperation between the two countries, such as maritime cooperation, defense and security, critical minerals, clean energy and science and technology.

The two leaders also discussed the Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement (CECA) under negotiation and expressed the hope that it will be concluded early as it is important for economic recovery and security.

Comprehensive Strategic Partnership between India and Australia

India-Australia bilateral relationship has evolved in recent years and is moving in a positive direction towards a comprehensive strategic partnership in 2020.

In a white paper released in 2017, Australia sees India at the forefront of its international partnerships.

The two leaders met in person on the sidelines of the QUAD Leaders’ Summit in Washington DC last September. They met again in Glasgow on the sidelines of the COP 26 climate summit. As previously reported, the Australian Prime Minister had addressed the Bengaluru Tech Summit last November and announced the new Australia-India Center of Excellence for Critical and Emerging Technology Policy. And he had also announced the intention to open a new Consulate General in Bengaluru.

The two countries also held their first-ever 2+2 ministerial dialogue in September, when FM Payne and Defense Secretary Peter Dutton met their Indian counterparts, Foreign Secretary Dr. S Jaishankar and Defense Minister Rajnath Singh met.

According to sources, to strengthen our cooperation on issues of mutual interest, the QUAD has become an important multilateral forum.

Earlier this year, Dr Jaishankar had visited Australia to attend the QUAD’s 4th Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Melbourne, as well as co-chair the 12th Foreign Ministers’ Framework Dialogue and the first Cyber ​​Framework Dialogue. of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs.

India is one of the sources of skilled immigrants to Australia where the Indian population is about 721000 as of 2020.

There is a steady flow of students and tourists from India and from December 2021 there will be no more travel waiver for fully vaccinated eligible visa holders, including Indian students and professionals.

There is strategic convergence with Australia, a source explained, and the two provinces have a civil nuclear cooperation agreement signed in 2014, there is a 2015 technical agreement on the exchange of information on white shipping, and there is a settlement for mutual logistical support, signed in 2020 and the armed forces of both countries participate in exercises such as Malabar and AUSINDEX.

It is a member of the Like-Minded Group of NSG members, and this has always supported India’s admission into the Nuclear Suppliers Group and in Vienna, Australia has worked with the “small group” of countries in support of the Indian application.

A key partner in the QUAD initiative, it is also a resource powerhouse and has large deposits of various types of critical minerals that India needs.


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