First India-France-Australia Trilateral Dialogue Held Virtually

First India-France-Australia Trilateral Dialogue Held Virtually

   Kautilya Academy    10-09-2020

On September 9, 2020, the first India-France-Australia Trilateral Dialogue was held virtually with a focus on enhancing the cooperation in the Indo-Pacific Region. The dialogue held discussions on economic and geostrategic challenges and cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region in context with Covid-19 particularly.


Participants

The participants from India, France, and Australia were as follows:

  • Harsh Vardhan Shringla, Foreign Secretary of India
  • François Delattre, Secretary-General, French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs
  • Frances Adamson, Secretary, Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

What was discussed?

This was the first trilateral dialogue between these three countries. It was decided in the meeting that such dialogues will be held annually now onward. The key discussions held were on the below topics:

  • Various Economic and Geo-strategic Challenges in the Indo-pacific, particularly in the context of Covid-19
  • Cooperation between the three countries on a trilateral and regional level on Marine Global Commons and potential areas
  • Increasing cooperation between the three countries at through multilateral organizations also such as ASEAN, IORA, and Indian Ocean Commission.
  • Various reforms in the regional institutions.

The three countries agreed to cooperate with each other to ensure a peaceful, secure, prosperous, and rules-based Indo-Pacific Region.


What is Indo-Pacific?

The term Indo-Pacific represents an economic and strategic community comprising the vast areas around the Indian and Pacific Oceans between the East Coast of Africa and the West Coast of America; including the littoral countries. In the last decade, this term has become relevant because of the increased bullish activities of China in the Indian Ocean and the Pacific Ocean. America described the situation as a geopolitical competition between free and repressive visions of world order with China and North Korea on one side and all others on the other.




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