WASHINGTON: Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has stated he and his Indian counterpart and “expensive good friend” Narendra Modi have agreed on some necessary new initiatives, together with low emissions know-how partnership and extremely low price photo voltaic programme, which can assist in additional deepening the financial ties between the 2 international locations.
The assembly between Modi and Morrison held right here on Thursday got here per week after they spoke over telephone and reviewed the speedy progress within the India-Australia Complete Strategic Partnership, together with by means of the latest ‘two-plus-two’ dialogue, and exchanged views on regional developments and the forthcoming Quad assembly to be hosted by US President Joe Biden later within the day.
The Quad or Quadrilateral Safety Dialogue includes India, the US, Japan and Australia.
“I’ve simply come from a gathering with one among my Quad companions, Prime Minister Modi, an expensive good friend and nice good friend of Australia. We have been working collectively for some years now. Right this moment, at our assembly, we had been in a position to agree on some necessary new initiatives,” Morrison informed journalists after the assembly, a transcript of which was launched by his workplace on Friday.
“At our assembly in the present day we agreed to go ahead with a low emissions know-how partnership, a partnership that may concentrate on hydrogen growth, extremely low price photo voltaic applications, to assist their vitality transition,” he stated.
India at present has the world’s fastest-growing photo voltaic vitality programme and has expanded entry to wash cooking gas to cowl over 80 million households, making it one of many largest clear vitality drives globally.
One of many key factors, Morrison stated, they proceed to make about addressing local weather change is to make sure that there’s a know-how switch from developed to creating economies.
“If we wish to deal with local weather change, then we have to deal with the change that’s vital in creating economies, to allow them to develop their economies, construct their industries, make the issues the world wants.
And, to try this, you want an vitality economic system that helps these goals.
And so, we’ll work collectively carefully with our good buddies in India, to work with the comparative benefits that Australia has, significantly within the space of hydrogen, and dealing along with their manufacturing capabilities to allow them to realise that in their very own nation,” he stated.
Replying to a query on the doable affect of the AUKUS deal on the dynamics between the Quad members throughout its upcoming assembly, Morrison stated Australia is engaged in partnerships with many international locations, and it sees the Quad and the trilateral partnership of AUKUS as being utterly complementary.
“And that is the dialogue that Narendra Modi and I’ve simply had. He definitely sees it in that means, as does Yoshi Suga (Japanese prime minister), once I spoke to him final week. The Quad companions perceive the necessity for optimistic contributions to regional stability and the AUKUS partnership is all about making that type of contribution,” he stated.
All people positive factors from a secure Indo-Pacific, together with whether or not it is in China, Japan, Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia, all will profit from a secure Indo-Pacific, Morrison asserted.
On the invitation of President Biden, Prime Minister Modi and his counterparts Morrison from Australia and Yoshihide Suga from Japan have gathered within the American capital for the first-ever in-person Quad summit on the White Home.
The evolving scenario within the Indo-Pacific area within the wake of China’s growing army muscle-flexing has change into a significant speaking level amongst main international powers.
AUKUS (Australia, the UK and the US) safety partnership was unveiled final week by President Biden, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Morrison.
The trilateral safety alliance, seen as an effort to counter China within the Indo-Pacific, will enable the US and the UK to offer Australia with the know-how to develop nuclear-powered submarines for the primary time.
Morrison stated he had the chance to debate with Modi the latest announcement on the AUKUS settlement and Australia’s programme to place in place a nuclear-powered fleet of submarines.
“After all, I spoke to Prime Minister Modi the night time earlier than we made the announcement in Australia final week (on AUKUS),” he stated.
The assembly between Morrison and Modi was the primary because the unveiling of the AUKUS safety partnership.
Australia has stated its resolution to affix the safety alliance with the US and the UK is geared toward creating capabilities that may contribute together with India and different international locations in deterring behaviour that threatens the peace and safety within the Indo-Pacific.
France reacted angrily to the formation of the brand new AUKUS alliance because it resulted in Paris successfully shedding a multi-billion greenback deal to construct 12 standard submarines for Australia.
France can be upset over its exclusion from the alliance.
China has additionally slammed the formation of the AUKUS.
Morrison stated he and Modi additionally had a “superb dialogue” on the Australia-India defence partnership, which “significantly progressed at the newest 2+2 assembly”.
Noting that Australian Commerce Minister Dan Tehan might be assembly his Indian counterpart Piyush Goyal in New Delhi subsequent week, Morrison stated he and Modi have tasked “our groups to be bold after they sit down subsequent week to take a look at our commerce alternatives, significantly within the space of digital commerce preparations.”
Responding to a question on whether or not his discussions on essential minerals with Prime Minister Modi will translate into extra jobs for Australians, Morrison stated the difficulty of pursuing essential mineral provide chains “in fact” means extra jobs for Australians.
“After all it does, however it does greater than that. As a result of essential minerals provide chains signifies that the companions we work with around the globe even have entry to trusted provide chains on essential minerals.
I imply, these are the issues that may energy up our economies within the new vitality economic system.
“And demanding minerals and uncommon earths, of which Australia is already very energetic in producing in these areas, we wish to be sure that we’re connecting that up proper by means of the availability chain, by means of manufacturing, by means of to finish customers, and Prime Minister Modi and I share a ardour round that venture, as a result of they’re additionally concerned in that provide chain at varied completely different factors, and it is necessary that we have now the selection that exists in world markets round these points,” he stated.
“We wish to play a stronger position right here. However to develop these essential minerals and uncommon earths alternatives we have to be sure that the downstream customers are caught in a really productive and trusted provide chain,” Morrison stated.
In the meantime, Ministry of Exterior Affairs (MEA) spokesperson Arindam Bagchi in New Delhi on Thursday termed the assembly between Modi and Morrison as one other chapter in our Complete Strategic Partnership with Australia.
Advancing friendship with Australia. PM @ScottMorrisonMP held talks with PM @narendramodi. They mentioned a variety of topics geared toward deepening financial and people-to-people linkages between India and Australia, Workplace of Prime Minister Modi tweeted on Thursday.
Throughout the assembly, the Prime Ministers mentioned a broad vary of problems with bilateral, regional and international significance.
They famous with satisfaction the common high-level engagements between the 2 international locations, together with the lately held first India-Australia International and Defence Ministers’ 2+2 Dialogue.
In a press assertion, the MEA stated Modi and Morrison reviewed the progress achieved because the Leaders’ Digital Summit in June 2020 beneath the Complete Strategic Partnership and resolved to proceed shut cooperation for mutual well-being and in the direction of advancing their shared goal of an open, free, affluent and rules-based Indo-Pacific area.
They expressed satisfaction on the ongoing negotiations on a bilateral Complete Financial Cooperation Settlement (CECA).
The prime ministers underlined the necessity for the worldwide neighborhood to handle the difficulty of local weather change on an pressing foundation.
“Prime Minister Modi highlighted the necessity for a broader dialogue on setting safety. Each leaders additionally mentioned prospects of offering clear applied sciences,” the assertion stated.
Modi and Morrison agreed that as two vibrant democracies within the area, India and Australia must work nearer collectively to beat the challenges within the post-pandemic world, inter alia to reinforce provide chain resilience.
Each the leaders lauded the immense contribution of the Indian diaspora to Australia’s economic system and society, and mentioned methods to reinforce people-to-people ties.
Modi additionally renewed his invitation to Morrison to go to India, the assertion stated.