India-Australia-Japan-US agree on open and inclusive Indo-Pacific region

India, Australia, Japan and the United States on Sunday agreed for a free, open, prosperous and inclusive Indo-Pacific region after a meeting held in Manila on issues of common interest in the region.

Officials from India’s Ministry of External Affairs, Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs, Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and United State’s Department of State discussed issues that focused on cooperation based on their converging vision and values for promotion of peace, stability and prosperity in an increasingly inter-connected region that they share with each other and with other partners.

“They agreed that a free, open, prosperous and inclusive Indo-Pacific region serves the long-term interests of all countries in the region and of the world at large,” an MEA statement reads.

The issue of terrorisms and proliferation linkages impacting the region and enhancing connectivity was also discussed by the officials.

India highlighted its “Act East Policy” as the cornerstone of its engagement in the Indo-Pacific region.

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