Senior officials from Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade have met today with India’s Ministry of External Affairs, Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the United States’ Department of State to discuss a shared vision for increased prosperity and security in the Indo-Pacific region and to work together to ensure it remains free and open.
The officials examined ways to achieve common goals and address shared challenges in the region. This includes upholding the rules-based order in the Indo-Pacific and respect for international law, freedom of navigation and overflight; increase connectivity; coordinate on efforts to address the challenges of countering terrorism and upholding maritime security in the Indo-Pacific.
Officials also agreed to work together to address threats to international peace and security posed by the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, including the DPRK’s nuclear and missile programs.
The participants committed to continuing quadrilateral discussions and deepening cooperation on the basis of shared values and principles.