PM Modi, Australian counterpart Anthony Albanese resolve to work together to combat terrorism
Diplomat Times (New Delhi)- Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Australian counterpart Anthony Albanese on Friday vowed to work closely to take concerted action against globally proscribed terrorist entities and to contribute to the common fight against terrorism, including through combating terror financing.
The Prime Ministers reiterated support for bilateral nuclear cooperation and commitment to further strengthening global non-proliferation objectives.
Prime Minister Albanese congratulated India on assuming the chairmanship of the Wassenaar Arrangement and reiterated Australia’s strong support for India’s membership of the Nuclear Suppliers Group and appreciation for India’s participation in the Australia Group as its most recent member. Prime Minister Albanese provided Prime Minister Modi with an update on the development of the Australia-UK-US (AUKUS) partnership.
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Prime Minister Albanese also reaffirmed Australia’s commitment to not develop nuclear weapons and uphold the highest standards of non-proliferation.
The Prime Ministers expressed satisfaction at the progress of bilateral engagements and affirmed their commitment to further deepen and strengthen the Comprehensive Strategic Partnership for mutual benefit as well as for the peace and prosperity of the Indo-Pacific.
Prime Minister Albanese thanked Prime Minister Modi for the warmth and hospitality extended to him and to the members of his delegation during his State Visit to India and extended an invitation to Prime Minister Modi to visit Australia.
The Prime Ministers agreed that, as a practical step, India and Australia may continue to explore conduct of aircraft deployments from each other’s territories to build operational familiarity and enhance maritime domain awareness.
In recognition of India and Australia’s robust maritime partnership, the Prime Ministers welcomed that Australia would host Exercise MALABAR in 2023 for the first time. The Prime Ministers agreed this would bolster interoperability between participating navies.
Source : PTI / GOV.AUS