24 September 2021
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison is in Washington D.C. to meet with Senators, following a new Indo-Pacific security alliance with between Australia, Britain, and the United States.
The meeting inside the U.S. Capitol was hosted by Senator Bob Menendez, the Foreign Relations chair, and Senator Jim Risch a ranking member of the same committee.
The trip comes after the new Indo-Pacific defense deal was signed last week, and will allow for greater sharing of defense capabilities — including helping equip Australia with nuclear-powered submarines. The agreement is expected to deepen a growing chasm in U.S.-China relations, and has already infuriated France which lost out on a submarine contract it previously had with Australia worth billions.
Prime Minister Morrison already met with U.S. President Joe Biden in New York following his speech to the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday.
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