In a gathering held on Wednesday, the three nations determined to concentrate on higher coordination within the Indo-Pacific region with particular concentrate on catastrophe administration, oil spill administration, catastrophe resilience of small island states, renewable vitality and marine ecosystems, ET has reliably gathered.
The Indian aspect was led by Sandeep Chakravorty, Joint Secretary (Europe West) Ministry of External Affairs, whereas the French aspect was led by Bertrand Lortholary, Director (Asia and Oceania). The Australian aspect was led by Gary Cowan, First Assistant Secretary (North and South Asia Division) and John Geering, First Assistant Secretary (Europe and Latin America Division) of its international ministry.
India has been on the forefront of aiding many states within the Indo-Pacific region throughout instances of pure disasters, together with the 2004 tsunami.
Last 12 months, India got here to rescue of sure states to fight the Covid-19 virus outbreak and later gifted vaccines.
It additionally assisted Mauritius and Sri Lanka to deal with an oil spill final 12 months.
The improvement of a ‘blue economic system’ – sustainable exploitation and preservation of the marine ecosystem — for Indo-Pacific states can be considered one of India’s priorities.
While the Indian Indo-Pacific assemble extends from Eastern Africa to the Pacific, France, a everlasting member of the UN Security Council, has territories within the Indian Ocean Region in addition to the Pacific Region. Australia’s Indo-Pacific assemble – from the japanese coast of India stretches to the Pacific Ocean – with Canberra inserting India as a key companion within the region.
Earlier, throughout a international secretary-level dialogue, the three sides mentioned financial and geostrategic challenges and cooperation within the Indo-Pacific, significantly within the context of the Covid-19 pandemic and home responses to it.
The three international locations plan to cooperate on marine world commons and potential areas for sensible cooperation and thru regional organisations such because the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, Indian Ocean Rim Association and the Indian Ocean Commission.
The goal is to synergise respective strengths to make sure a peaceable, safe, affluent and rules-based Indo-Pacific Region, sources mentioned.
India has trilateral dialogues involving Australia-Indonesia; Japan-Australia; US-Japan, in addition to Russia-Japan and Russia-China.