US expresses ‘overwhelming’ bipartisan support for nuclear submarine deal: PM

US expresses ‘overwhelming’ bipartisan support for nuclear submarine deal: PM


Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced “overwhelming support” has been received from the United States Congress to move ahead to establish a nuclear submarine fleet in Australia.

It comes as the PM visited the US Capitol to promote the new military alliance between Australia, the US and the UK.

Mr Morrison also spoke with the American Defence Secretary to discuss creating a free and open Indo-Pacific.

“Today, Australia received overwhelming support for our AUKUS partnership with the United States and the United Kingdom,” Mr Morrison told a media conference in Washington DC.

“We received overwhelming support when it came to Australia moving ahead to establish a nuclear submarine fleet for Australia to ensure that we could contribute to the peace and stability of the Indo-Pacific.

“There is great enthusiasm for us going ahead with these projects – whether it’s from the Secretary of Defense, the bipartisan support that was on display today up on Capitol Hill.

“Both in the House and Senate level. In the Congress, there is an overwhelming sentiment towards Australia. This has been built on a 70-year alliance and more than 100 years of standing together.”

“And so, I look forward with great confidence – based on the extensive discussions I’ve had today, at all levels, and across the partisan divide here in this town in Washington, that will enable us, I think, to move forward into this next phase.”



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