India, Australia, Japan, US discuss cooperation in Indo-Pacific region

ANI | Updated: Nov 12, 2017 18:17 IST

Manila [Philippines], November 12 (ANI): 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 met in Manila on Sunday for consultations on issues of common interest in the Indo-Pacific region.

The discussions 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.

The officials also 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.

The officials also exchanged views on addressing common challenges of terrorism and proliferation linkages impacting the region as well as on enhancing connectivity.

Meanwhile, the Indian side highlighted India's Act East Policy as the cornerstone of its engagement in the Indo-Pacific region. (ANI)