In a join statement, leaders of Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States have announced the creation of an enhanced trilateral security partnership called AUKUS — Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
They have resolved to deepen diplomatic, security, and defense cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region, including by working with partners, to meet the challenges of the twenty-first century.
Through AUKUS, the governments of UK, US and Australia will strengthen the ability of each to support security and defense interests, building on longstanding and ongoing bilateral ties.
The countries agreed to promote deeper information and technology sharing in defense-related science, technology, industrial bases, and supply chains.
As the first initiative under AUKUS, the three leaders Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, US President Joe Biden and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson recognised a common tradition as maritime democracies. The US and UK have committed to a shared ambition to support Australia in acquiring nuclear-powered submarines for the Royal Australian Navy.
The development of Australia’s nuclear-powered submarines would be a joint endeavour between the three nations, with a focus on interoperability, commonality, and mutual benefit.
Australia is committed to adhering to the highest standards for safeguards, transparency, verification, and accountancy measures to ensure the non-proliferation, safety, and security of nuclear material and technology.
Australia remains committed to fulfilling all of its obligations as a non-nuclear weapons state, including with the International Atomic Energy Agency.
Today’s endeavour will help sustain peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region. For more than 70 years, Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States, have worked together, along with other important allies and partners, to protect their shared values and promote security and prosperity, the joint statement read.