MSN - AP World http://syn2.thecanadianpress.com:8080/mrss/feed/fcf7391a2f354311807f0501c16bde6a MSN - AP World Copyright © 2010-2018 The Canadian Press. All rights reserved. http://www.rssboard.org/rss-specification Mon, 29 Nov 2021 11:43:22 +0000 Austin welcomes Australian Prime Minister Morrison http://syn2.thecanadianpress.com:8080/mrss/feed/fcf7391a2f354311807f0501c16bde6a/1f7998377e994bcf8761e9f65b9a0f2d U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin welcomed Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison to the Pentagon for a meeting centered on bilateral issues, and the importance of the U.S.- Australian Alliance. (Sept. 22) 1f7998377e994bcf8761e9f65b9a0f2d Wed, 22 Sep 2021 16:14:18 +0000 SHOTLIST:RESTRICTION SUMMARY:++AUDIO AS INCOMING++ US NETWORK POOLWashington, DC - 22 September 20211. U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin greets the Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison at the Pentagon ANNOTATION: Austin welcomes Australian Prime Minister MorrisonPOOLWashington, DC - 22 September 20212. Wide of U.S. and Australian delegations around table++CAMERA SHOT PULLS WIDE, PUSHES IN TO MORRISON++3. SOUNDBITE (English) Lloyd Austin, US Defense Secretary:"So, we thank you for standing with us to the end of our mission in Afghanistan and for the close and growing cooperation of our unbreakable alliance. Even as we honor the past our alliance is very much focused on the future and the challenges of the 21st century. And we can see that in your announcement alongside with President Biden and Prime Minister Johnson of the establishment of an enhanced trilateral security partnership among Australia, the United Kingdom and the U.S. AUKUS is a testament to the strength, resilience and foresight of our relationship. And as President Biden has noted, noted, no regional divide separates the interests of our Atlantic and Pacific partners. And AUKUS is designed to build on our existing alliance."++WHITE FLASH++4. Wide of meeting UPSOUND (English) Scott Morrison, Australian Prime Minister: "AUKUS, I agree, Mr. Secretary, is a partnership that builds on the partnerships that we already have, that adds to the partnerships that exist within the region, whether it's the QUAD partnerships and relationships, the wonderful relationships we have with ASEAN in the region, but importantly the relationships with NATO, the relationships with our European partners and bringing that focus to the Indo-Pacific." ++EDIT ENDS ON A SOUNDBITE++STORYLINE:U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin welcomes Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison to the Pentagon Wednesday for a meeting centered on bilateral issues, and the importance of the U.S.- Australian Alliance.Secretary Austin met with Morrison on the heels of the Indo-Pacific defense deal between the U.S., Australia and Britain that was announced last week by President Joe Biden.The pact, dubbed AUKUS, will see Australia cancel a multibillion-dollar contract to buy diesel-electric French submarines and acquire U.S. nuclear-powered vessels instead."As President Biden has noted, no regional divide separates the interests of our Atlantic and Pacific partners. And AUKUS is designed to build on our existing alliance," Austin said.The new Indo-Pacific security alliance with Britain and Australia, is a move that could deepen a growing strain in U.S.-China relations.Meanwhile, the French president's office said President Emmanuel Macron expects "clarifications and clear commitments" from Biden in a call later Wednesday to address the submarines dispute. Macron's office said the call, which was requested by Biden, is to discuss "the crisis of trust" that led to the unprecedented recall of the French ambassador to the U.S. The Indo-Pacific defense deal between the U.S., Australia and Britain was announced by Biden, with France being formally informed only a few hours beforehand, according to French diplomats. Austin reinforced to Morrison that the United States will never forget that twenty years ago, on September 11, Australia invoked, for the first time in its history, the collective defense article of the ANZUS Treaty (Australia, New Zealand and U.S. Security Treaty) and thanked the Australian prime minister for his country's support and contributions in Afghanistan.They will discuss their shared interests and values to ensure that the Alliance will continue to advance a vision for a Free and Open Indo-Pacific.The meeting with the Australian prime minister will underscore the strengthening defense ties between the two countries and concerns over China's growing influence in the Indo-Pacific region.The new security alliance is likely to be seen as a provocative move by China which has repeatedly lashed out at Biden as he's sought to refocus U.S. foreign policy on the Pacific in the early going of his presidency.===========================================================Clients are reminded: (i) to check the terms of their licence agreements for use of content outside news programming and that further advice and assistance can be obtained from the AP Archive on: Tel +44 (0) 20 7482 7482 Email: info@aparchive.com(ii) they should check with the applicable collecting society in their Territory regarding the clearance of any sound recording or performance included within the AP Television News service (iii) they have editorial responsibility for the use of all and any content included within the AP Television News service and for libel, privacy, compliance and third party rights applicable to their Territory. U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin welcomed Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison to the Pentagon for a meeting centered on bilateral issues, and the importance of the U.S.- Australian Alliance. (Sept. 22) Austin welcomes Australian Prime Minister Morrison