Vastavam web: In the backdrop of emerging configuration of a key quadrilateral alliance, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today held separate talks with his counterparts from Japan Shinzo Abe and Australia Malcolm Turnbull focusing on crafting a new strategy for the Indo-Pacific region.On the sidelines of the ASEAN summit, Modi also held bilateral meetings with Vietnamese premier Nguyen Xuan Phuc, Sultan of Brunei Hassanal Bolkiah and New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, and discussed ways to further ramp up cooperation various key areas like trade and investment and maritime security.
“My friend @AbeShinzo and I had an excellent meeting in Manila. We reviewed the ground covered on various aspects of India-Japan ties and discussed ways to deepen cooperation between our economies and people,” Modi tweeted.Preeti Saran, Secretary (East) in the ministry of external affairs told a media briefing that political and security cooperation, regional developments and cooperation in connectivity projects including the Asia-Africa growth corridor were discussed.She said the two leaders also deliberated on bilateral economic cooperation including implementation of the dedicated freight corridor and the bullet train project.
“Vietnam’s PM, Mr Nguyen Xuan Phuc and I held wide ranging deliberations on enhancing India-Vietnam friendship, which can greatly benefit our citizens and region,” Modi tweeted.Saran said issues relating to defence cooperation and India’s oil exploration in the waters of Vietnam were highpoint of the talks.On his talks with Turnbull, Modi said he was delighted to meet the Australian Prime Minister and that their discussions today added new vigour to the friendship between the two countries.In a tweet, Turnbull described the meeting as “productive” and said the discussions focused on increased economic cooperation, security and counter-terrorism.
Saran said Modi and Turnbull discussed the regional situation, ways to deal with terrorism and terror financing and issues relating to comprehensive economic cooperation agreement which will include goods as well as services.The prime minister described his meeting with the New Zealand Prime Minister as “wonderful”, adding that they discussed deepening economic and cultural cooperation between the two countries.On his meeting with the Sultan of Brunei, Modi said the “extensive talks” will broaden bilateral ties between the two countries.”Glad to have met Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah of Brunei. Our extensive talks will broaden bilateral ties between our nations,” he said in another tweet.