PM Narendra Modi to carry first-ever Virtual Leaders Summit with Australian PM Scott Morrison on June 4

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi will maintain the first-ever Virtual Leaders Summit along with his Australian counterpart Scott Morrison on Thursday (June 4). The summit will see quite a few bulletins together with on Mutual Logistics Support Arrangement (MLSA). MLSA will enhance bandwidth for areas of operation for each Indian and Australian forces within the Indo pacific and comes at a time when China has been more and more belligerent.  

Sources advised WION,”The focus would be on the positive trajectory in bilateral relations during discussions between the two Prime Ministers, who have already met on four occasions on the sidelines of multilateral meetings.”

“As two democratic nations, India and Australia have developed an understanding of each other’s perspectives on regional and global issues.  We have a shared approach to a free open, inclusive, and prosperous Indo-Pacific. This has led to the convergence of mutual interest in many areas,” added the sources. 

Ahead of the digital summit the Australian excessive commissioner Barry O’Farrell stated India and Australia have obligations to maintain Indo Pacific area “open and free” and “might is not right policies” as pursued by some nations not acceptable. 

Responding to a query on elevated Chinese belligerence from Taiwan to India China Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Eastern Ladakh, Australian excessive commissioner stated,”We share democracies, the great game of cricket and believe in Indo Pacific region, that the region should be free, open. As 2 great powers, we have obligations that we promoting free open Indo Pacific and not might is right polices”. 

During the meet, each side will talk about points like COVID-19 disaster, boosting science and expertise cooperation, stronger collaboration on cybersecurity and significant expertise, maritime points within the Indo Pacific and many others.

Both nations get pleasure from shut cooperation in safety and defence. India and Australia commenced their first bilateral naval train ‘AUSINDEX’ in 2015 focussed at deepening defence and maritime cooperation particularly within the Indian Ocean. 2019 noticed third AUSINDEX workout routines within the Bay of Bengal and 4th bilateral Army workout routines AUSTRAHIND in September 2019 in Australia. 

Australian PM was to go to India in January this 12 months, however couldn’t because of the devastating bush fires within the nation. Both leaders have already met Four instances on the sidelines of multilateral summits in final one and a half years – sidelines of EAS in Singapore (14 November 2018), G20 in Osaka (29 June 2019), G7 Summit in Biarritz (25 August 2019) and EAS in Bangkok (04 November 2019).

Speaking to a choose group of journalist, Australian excessive commissioner whereas lauding PM Modi for utilizing “technology for diplomacy like TCS and Wipro have used for business and taking it to a new level” stated, “Modi hug” might be missed on the digital summit. 

This would be the first time PM Modi might be holding a “bilateral” Virtual Summit with a overseas chief. Australia has already achieved one such bilateral digital summit with Singapore in March 2020. 

Australia has supported India’s presence at an expanded United Nations Security Council. Canberra has backed India for its membership at export management teams like Australia Group, and Wassenaar Arrangement and favours India’s membership of NSG. It has additionally co-sponsored UNSC decision to declare Azhar Masood a world terrorist.