India News | India, Australia and France pledge to work for rules-based Indo-Pacific

New Delhi, Jun 20 (PTI) India, Australia and France have pledged to work together for a free, open, inclusive and rules-based Indo-Pacific, amid China’s growing muscle in the region.

The overall situation in the Indo-Pacific came up for detailed deliberations at the third meeting of the India-France-Australia trilateral nodes held in Delhi on Wednesday.

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“The three sides reviewed progress made under the three pillars of trilateral cooperation: maritime safety and security, maritime and environmental cooperation, and multilateral engagement,” the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said.

It said the meeting identified new proposals to advance trilateral cooperation, including under the Indo Pacific Oceans Initiative (IPOI) and the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) mechanisms.

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“India, Australia and France reaffirmed their commitment to advancing their shared values ​​and working together towards a free, open, inclusive and rules-based Indo-Pacific,” the MEA said in a statement.

The IPOI is an open, inclusive, non-treaty-based global initiative announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the 14th East Asia Summit in November 2019 to promote joint efforts among like-minded countries to better manage, preserve and secure. -Pacific maritime domain.

The Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) is an intergovernmental organization aimed at strengthening regional cooperation.

The Indian side of the trilateral was led by Piyush Srivastava, Joint Secretary (Europe West) and Paramita Tripathi, Joint Secretary (Oceania and Indo-Pacific) at the MEA.

The French side was led by Benoît Guidée, Director (Asia and Oceania) of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The Australian delegation was led by Sarah Storey, a Principal Assistant Secretary in the South and Central Asia Division of the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs.

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