Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said he and his Indian counterpart and “dear friend,” Narendra Modi, have agreed on several important new initiatives, including a low-emissions technology partnership and a low-cost solar programme, to strengthen economic ties between Australia and India.
Modi and Morrison met on Thursday to discuss the rapid progress of the India-Australia Comprehensive Strategic Partnership, including the recent “two-plus-two” dialogue, as well as regional developments and the upcoming Quad meeting, which US President Joe Biden will host later that day.
The founding members of the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue are India, the United States, Japan, and Australia.
Prime Minister Modi is one of my Quad partners, as well as a close friend and ally of Australia. I’ve just returned from a meeting with him.” We’ve been collaborating for a long time. The transcript of the meeting was released on Friday, with Morrison telling journalists that “we were able to agree on some key new initiatives today.” He stated during today’s meeting that a low-emission technology cooperation would focus on hydrogen research and ultra-low-cost solar programmes to aid the country’s energy transition.
Over 80 million households now have access to clean cooking fuel, making India one of the world’s most aggressive clean energy initiatives. India currently has the world’s fastest growing solar energy programme.
One of the most important aspects of combating climate change, according to Morrison, is ensuring that technology is transferred from rich to developing economies.
Climate change must be addressed by addressing the necessary reforms in developing economies in order for them to expand economically, build industries, and manufacture goods required by the rest of the world.” And in order to do so, we need a robust energy economy.
We’ll collaborate closely with our great friends in India to capitalise on Australia’s comparative advantages, particularly in hydrogen production. We’ll also collaborate with their manufacturing capabilities to assist them in realising this in their own country, he added.
When asked about the impact of the AUKUS arrangement on the dynamics between the Quad members at the upcoming summit, Morrison stated that Australia is involved in relationships with many nations and sees the Quad and the trilateral AUKUS collaboration as perfectly complementary.
“And that was just the exchange between Narendra Modi and myself,” he explained. Japanese Prime Minister Yoshi Suga, with whom I spoke last week, feels the same way. Quad partners recognise the value of constructive contributions to regional stability, and the AUKUS collaboration is all about making such contributions, he said.
“Prime Minister Modi called for a more inclusive discussion of environmental issues during his speech. In addition, the two leaders discussed ways to provide clean technology “it was stated in the declaration
Modi and Morrison agreed that India and Australia, two thriving democracies in the region, should collaborate more closely to meet the challenges of the post-pandemic world and improve supply chain resilience. Both presidents acknowledged that the Indian diaspora has made a significant economic and societal contribution to Australia while discussing measures to strengthen people-to-people ties.