Tuesday, January 18, 2022

PM Modi speaks to his Australian counterpart, Scott Morrison, both leaders deliberate on affordable and equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines

Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a conversation with his Australian counterpart, Scott Morrison, over the phone today to have a discussion on regional issues and ways to contain the COVID19 crisis globally.

PM Modi expressed his appreciation to the Australian Prime Minister for the prompt and generous support extended by the government and people of Australia for India’s fight against the second wave of COVID-19.

Deliberating on ways to address the COVID-19 crisis, both leaders agreed there is a need to ensure affordable and equitable access to vaccines and medicines for containing COVID globally. Prime Minister sought Australia’s support for the initiative taken at the WTO by India and South Africa to seek a temporary waiver under TRIPS in this context.

Emphasising the progress made in the India-Australia Comprehensive Strategic Partnership since the Virtual Summit held on 4 June 2020, the leaders discussed ways to further strengthen cooperation and foster people-to-people ties.

Previously, the Trilateral Ministerial Dialogue held on 4 May 2021 between India and Australia alongside France, the countries had shared mutual concerns regarding the strategic, security, economic and environmental challenges in the Indo-Pacific region.

In conversation, PM Modi and Australian PM Morrison also deliberated upon regional issues and reiterated the importance of working together for a rules-based international order for a free, open and inclusive Indo-Pacific region.

After the conversation, PM Morrison in a tweet informed that Australia is supporting India with providing ventilators and oxygen concentrators, he also thanked India for generously exporting vaccines.

The Australian Prime Minister has further reaffirmed his decision to work closely with India and find ways to address various global challenges.

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