India, Australia and France on Wednesday held talks for the first time beneath a trilateral framework with focus on enhancing cooperation within the Indo-Pacific, a area that has been witnessing growing Chinese army assertiveness.
The digital assembly was co-chaired by international secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla, secretary-general in French ministry for Europe and international affairs François Delattre and secretary in Australian division of international affairs Frances Adamson.
“The focus of the dialogue was on enhancing cooperation in the Indo-Pacific Region,” the External Affairs Ministry mentioned in a press release.
It mentioned the “outcome-oriented” assembly was held with the target of constructing on the sturdy bilateral ties that the three international locations share with one another and synergise their respective strengths to make sure a peaceable, safe, affluent and rules-based Indo-Pacific Region.
The MEA mentioned the three sides agreed to hold the dialogue on an annual foundation.
It mentioned the three sides mentioned financial and geo-strategic challenges and cooperation within the Indo-Pacific, notably within the context of the COVID-19 pandemic and home responses to the disaster.
“The three countries also had an exchange on the priorities, challenges and trends in regional and global multilateral institutions, including the best ways to strengthen and reform multilateralism,” the MEA mentioned.
The MEA mentioned cooperation on marine world commons and potential areas for sensible partnership on the trilateral and regional degree have been additionally mentioned, together with by way of regional organisations comparable to ASEAN, Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) and the Indian Ocean Commission.
The 10-nation ASEAN is taken into account probably the most influential groupings within the area. India and a number of other different international locations together with the US, China, Japan and Australia are its dialogue companions.
The IORA is a regional discussion board with a focus on enhancing maritime and financial cooperation.
The members of the bloc embrace India, Australia, Bangladesh, Iran, Kenya, Comoros, Madagascar, Malaysia, Mauritius, Mozambique, Oman, Seychelles, Singapore, Somalia and South Africa.