Modi Holds Bilateral Meetings With Counterparts From Australia, Vietnam

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday held separate bilateral talks with his Australian counterpart Malcolm Turnbull and Vietnamese premier Nguyen Xuan Phuc and discussed various issues of strategic interest, including evolving security scenario in the Indo-Pacific region.

The meetings took place on the sidelines of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit in the Philippines. In the meeting with Turnbull, Modi is also understood to have discussed convergence of strategic interest of both the countries in the Indo-Pacific in the backdrop of China’s aggressive military posturing in the region.

Officials of India, Australia, the US and Japan had met on Sunday here to give shape to the proposed quadrilateral to pursue their common security interest in the region. The issue also figured during talks between Modi and US President Donald Trump on Monday.

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