Sep 9: The first India-France–Australia Trilateral Dialogue was held virtually on 9 September 2020. The meeting was co-chaired by Harsh Vardhan Shringla, Foreign Secretary of India, Mr. François Delattre, Secretary-General, French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs, and Ms. Frances Adamson, Secretary, Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. The focus of the dialogue was on enhancing cooperation in the Indo-Pacific Region.
During the dialogue, the three sides discussed economic and geostrategic challenges and cooperation in the Indo-Pacific, particularly in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic and domestic responses to COVID-19. Cooperation on Marine Global Commons and potential areas for practical cooperation at the trilateral and regional levels were also discussed, including through regional organizations such as ASEAN, IORA, and the Indian Ocean Commission. The three countries also had an exchange on the priorities, challenges, and trends in regional and global multilateral institutions, including the best ways to strengthen and reform multilateralism.
The outcome-oriented meeting was held with the objective of building on the strong bilateral relations that the three countries share with each other and synergizing their respective strengths to ensure a peaceful, secure, prosperous, and rules-based Indo-Pacific Region. The three sides agreed to hold the dialogue on an annual basis.