India and Australia would face common challenges in the Indo-Pacific as COVID-19 was stretching much of the world’s governmental capacity.
Cooperation between India and Australia in southeast Asia was a natural fit. Should build on last year’s successful trilateral maritime security workshop with Indonesia to identify new ways that our three countries can collaborate to be the best possible custodians of the Indian Ocean.
Australia was very happy and keen to help two of our strongest Indo-Pacific partners, India and Indonesia, in this matter.
The trilateral cooperation had been growing and would continue to be important as we considered the implications of COVID-19 for Indo-Pacific regional order.