India, Australia can work together on open, secure Indo-Pacific: Australian PM Scott Morrison

After having a brief talk with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Friday said that both New Delhi and Canberra can work together on common challenges including COVID-19 and a secure and prosperous Indo-Pacific.
“Great to talk to my good friend PM Narendra Modi again. As Comprehensive Strategic Partners, we can work together on common challenges including COVID-19, the circular economy, oceans and an open, secure and prosperous Indo-Pacific. We also discussed progress of our media platform bill,” Scott Morrison said in a tweet.
On Thursday, Prime Minister Modi had tweeted that he discussed regional issues of common interest with Morrison and reiterated their commitment to consolidating New Delhi and Canberra Comprehensive Strategic Partnership.
The talks between the two leaders ahead of before the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue or Quad is scheduled to hold its third ministerial meeting.
The meeting between the foreign ministers of the group will “provide an opportunity to continue the useful exchange of views from their last meeting in Tokyo” on October 6, 2020, Indian External Affairs Ministry said in a statement.
The foreign ministers will “exchange views on regional and global issues especially practical areas of cooperation towards maintaining a free, open and inclusive Indo-Pacific region”, the statement said.
Indo-Pacific region is largely viewed as an area comprising the Indian Ocean and the western and central Pacific Ocean, including the South China Sea. China’s territorial claims in the South China Sea and its efforts to advance into the Indian Ocean are seen to have challenged the established rules-based system.
In July last year, Prime Minister Modi and Morrison held virtual bilateral summit during which they announced the elevation of bilateral ties to a “comprehensive strategic partnership”.