Australian Prime Minister arrives in New York for quad leader meeting


Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison landed in New York while preparing for a series of high-profile visits with US President Joe Biden and Indian and Japanese leaders in the quad countries.

The conference promised that the US and British governments would support the acquisition of Australia’s nuclear submarines, backed by AUKUS’s announcement last week. This is a move to counter the further invasion of Beijing in the Indo-Pacific region.

Morrison’s RAAF jet landed at John F. Kennedy International Airport around 8 am Australian time on September 21, after traveling most of Monday from Sydney via Hawaii.

“I am very pleased to be here in the United States,” he told reporters at the airport tarmac. “We have great friends, partners and allies around the world. During this week, I have the opportunity to pursue those shared goals based on shared values.”

When asked about the possibility of a meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron, Morrison said it was unlikely.

“At that time, we couldn’t discuss such security issues in relation to other countries,” he said.

“We made it very clear. I am very confident that traditional submarines no longer meet our strategic interests and what we need to do with those boats. Clarified. “

With the establishment of AUKUS, Australia has canceled a $ 90 billion future submarine program with French defense contractor Naval Group. The cancellation and the recognition that Australian, US and British leaders were planning AUKUS in the background while meeting with representatives of the French government contributed to the reaction of anger from France in this deal. ..

On September 17, France resigned as ambassador from the United States and Australia in protest.

Meanwhile, quad leaders may discuss cooperation on COVID-19 vaccine production, climate change, and important new technologies.

Beijing is likely to participate in discussions, including the influence of AUKUS. Welcome to India..

Morrison will also address the UN General Assembly through pre-recorded virtual speeches.

He will also meet with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson in Washington, DC.

Daniel Y. Ten