Prime Minister Narendra Modi holds bilateral meetings with counterparts from Australia, Vietnam
MANILA: Prime Minister Narendra Modi at this time held separate bilateral talks along with his Australian counterpart Malcolm Turnbull and Vietnamese premier Nguyen Xuan Phuc and mentioned numerous problems with strategic curiosity, together with evolving safety state of affairs within the Indo-Pacific area.
The conferences passed off on the sidelines of the ASEAN summit within the Philippines.
Within the assembly with Turnbull, Modi can also be understood to have mentioned convergence of strategic curiosity of each the international locations within the Indo-Pacific within the backdrop of China’s aggressive army posturing within the area.
Officers of India, Australia, the US and Japan had met on Sunday right here to provide form to the proposed quadrilateral to pursue their widespread safety curiosity within the area.
The problem additionally figured throughout talks between Modi and US President Donald Trump right here yesterday.
“A strategic partnership outlined by shut co-operation and multifaceted interplay. Prime Minister @narendramodi and Prime Minister @TurnbullMalcolm meet in Manila, talk about shut cooperation to optimise important potential for additional cooperation throughout a broad vary of areas,” exterior affairs ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted.
A lot of points together with bilateral cooperation in defence and safety sphere have been mentioned in Modi?s assembly along with his Vietnamese counterpart.
“Strengthening complete strategic partnership. Prime Minister @narendramodi and Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc of Vietnam shared widespread purpose to deepen bilateral relations between the 2 international locations,” Kumar stated in one other tweet.
The Modi-Phuc assembly got here days after Trump’s go to to Vietnam the place he provided to mediate within the South China Sea dispute between a number of ASEAN member international locations together with Vietnam and China.
China claims sovereignty over all the South China Sea, an enormous supply of hydrocarbons. Nonetheless, a number of ASEAN member international locations together with Vietnam, the Philippines and Brunei have counter claims.
India has been supporting freedom of navigation and entry to assets within the South China Sea in accordance with ideas of worldwide legislation, together with the 1982 UN Conference on the Regulation of the Sea.