India, France, Australia hold trilateral dialogue to enhance cooperation in Indo-Pacific region

The outcome-oriented meeting was held with the objective of building on the strong bilateral relations that the 3 countries share with each other.

Created On: Sep 10, 2020 13:35 ISTModified On: Sep 10, 2020 13:35 IST
Trilateral discussion between India, France, Australia

The Foreign Secretaries of Australia, India, and France co-chaired a first trilateral dialogue on September 9, 2020. The dialogue was held with an aim to synergizing their respective strengths to ensure a secure, peaceful, prosperous, and rules-based Indo-Pacific region.

As per the Ministry of External Affairs Ministry, the virtual meeting was chaired by the Indian Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla, Secretary-General of the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs of France Francois Delattre, and Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Secretary, Frances Adamson.

Objective of the trilateral dialogue:

The focus of the trilateral dialogue between India, France, and Australia was on enhancing the cooperation in the Indo-Pacific Region.

According to the official statement released by the Ministry, the outcome-oriented meeting was held with an objective of building on the strong bilateral relations that the 3 countries share with each other and synergizing their respective strength to ensure a secure, peaceful, prosperous, and rule-based Indo-pacific region.

The three sides also agreed to hold the dialogue on an annual basis.

Topics of discussion during trilateral dialogue:

The three sides discussed the economic and geostrategic challenges and cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region, particularly in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic and the domestic responses to the virus.

Potential areas for the practical cooperation at the trilateral and regional level and cooperation on Marine Global Commons were also discussed, including through the regional organisations such as the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA), The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), and the Indian Ocean Commission.

India, France, and Australia also had an exchange on the priorities, trends, and challenges in the regional and global multilateral institutions. It also included the best ways to reform and strengthen multilateralism.

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