Mumbai: In a recent development, Australia on Thursday endorsed India’s permanent membership of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) and India’s candidature for membership of the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG).
Australia lent its support to the first virtual summit with India. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Australian counterpart Scott Morrison jointly attended the summit.
During the meeting, the two countries elevated the bilateral Strategic Partnership concluded in 2009 to a Comprehensive Strategic Partnership (CSP).
The two countries in the CSP reiterated their support for India’s permanent membership of the UN Security Council (UNSC) and India’s candidature for a non-permanent seat at the United Nations Security Council for the 2021-22 term,” read a joint statement on CSP between the two countries.
Many countries have supported India to become a permanent member of the UNSC. The body has five permanent members – China, France, Russia, Britain, and the United States.
It said, “Both sides reiterated their support for continued civil nuclear cooperation and their commitment to strengthen global non-proliferation. Australia expressed its strong support for India’s membership in the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG).”
The NSG is a group of nuclear supplier countries that regulate the export of materials, equipment, and technology that can be used to make nuclear weapons.
The joint statement said that Australia welcomed the International Energy Agency’s (IEA) strategic partnership with India and continued to work closely on building strong ties between India and the IEA community.
The two sides also unveiled a “shared approach to maritime cooperation in the Indo-Pacific” and signed seven agreements focused on key areas such as defense and rare earth minerals.
(With Agency Inputs)