Expressing concern over the Russo-Ukraine war, India and Australia have underlined the need for an immediate end to hostilities and stressed that the current global order is based on the United Nations Charter, international law and respect for the sovereignty of states and territorial integrity. is based. According to a joint statement issued by the Ministry of External Affairs on Tuesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Australian counterpart Scott Morrison emphasized this during the Digital Summit on Monday.
In a digital summit with Modi, Morrison said on Monday that Russia should be held responsible for the loss of life and property in Ukraine and ensure that such “horrific incidents” never happen in the Indo-Pacific region. The joint statement said that the two leaders expressed serious concern about the ongoing conflict and humanitarian crisis in Ukraine. The two prime ministers reiterated the need for an immediate end to hostilities.
The statement said that he emphasized that the current global order is based on the UN Charter, international law and respect for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of states. It said the two leaders agreed to remain closely associated with the issue and its wider implications for the Indo-Pacific. After the summit, Foreign Secretary Shringla told reporters on Monday that the Australian prime minister understood India’s stand on the Ukraine crisis. He said that Morrison has spoken of understanding India’s stand on the Ukraine crisis.
He said, “Both sides believe that the ongoing conflict in Europe should not become a reason for us to divert attention from the Indo-Pacific region.” Shringla said that during the talks about the current humanitarian situation in Ukraine and the conflict. Serious concerns were also expressed and the Prime Ministers of both countries stressed the need to stop the hostilities and violence in Ukraine. At the summit, the two leaders expressed a shared commitment to a free, open and rules-based Indo-Pacific with ASEAN at the center, the joint statement said.
The two leaders expressed their commitment to an inclusive and prosperous region in which the sovereignty and territorial integrity of all states is respected and countries free from military, economic and political pressure, the statement said. Modi and Morrison also expressed their commitment to cooperation between India, Australia, Japan and the US in advancing the positive and ambitious agenda of the Quad to promote regional stability and prosperity.
The statement said that the two leaders welcomed the digital meeting of the ‘Quad’ leaders in March 2022 and expressed their eagerness for the next meeting in the coming months. ‘Quad’ is a group of four countries which includes India, America, Australia and Japan. According to the joint statement, Prime Minister Modi welcomed Australia’s increased participation in maritime and disaster preparedness, trade, investment and connectivity in the Indian Ocean.
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