During a media briefing, Shringla said Morrison expressed understanding for India’s position on the Ukraine issue.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Monday expressed his understanding for India’s stance on the crisis in Ukraine, and he and Prime Minister Narendra Modi believed the conflict should not be a reason to divert attention from the Indo-Pacific, the minister said. of Foreign Affairs Harsh Vardhan Shringla. The Russian invasion of Ukraine took place at a virtual summit between the two prime ministers.
During a media briefing, Shringla said Morrison expressed understanding for India’s position on the Ukraine issue. There was serious concern about the ongoing conflict and humanitarian situation in Ukraine and both Modi and Morrison stressed the need to end hostilities and violence in Ukraine, Shringla said.
Both sides believed that the conflict in Europe should not be a reason for us to divert attention from the Indo-Pacific region, he said. Unlike its Quad partners – the US, Japan and Australia – India has not condemned Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and continues to insist that the crisis must be resolved through dialogue and diplomacy.
Shringla also said India and Australia are eager to finalize the Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement as it will open up new opportunities to expand bilateral trade and investment ties. The foreign minister said the two leaders exchanged views on regional and global issues of mutual concern, including shared concerns about terrorism.
Shringla said Modi also referred to the situation in eastern Ladakh and stressed that peace and tranquility in the region are essential for normalizing India’s ties with China.
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