Scott Morrison Insists Australia Will Not Be Drawn To War With Iran

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Australian PM Scott Morrison after a meeting with Trump has said that Australia will not be drawn into any conflict with Iran and its commitment is limited.

Written By Divyam Jain | Mumbai | Updated On:

According to reports, Australian leader and Prime Minister Scott Morrison has insisted that Australia will not be a part of any armed conflict with Iran declaring that his country's commitment is limited to protecting the freedom of navigation in the Strait of Hormuz. The move has come after Donald Trump hinted at possible military action against Iran with possible nuclear weapons during a meeting with Australian PM in White House before taking a step back and highlighting that his desire is for restraint. As a response to alleged Iranian actions, Trump has sent extra troops to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. The US President is anticipated to use the upcoming opportunity of meeting an array of leaders descending into the United States for the United Nations session and persuade other countries to take part. Trump shall be meeting at least a dozen world leaders during his three days in New York. Iran had earlier said that it will destroy any invader as tensions whip up in Gulf. 

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Morrison's meet with Trump

Reportedly, Morrison after reception at the private house of Australia's ambassador to the USA remarked that Australia was engaged in Strait of Hormuz and that's where his country involvement was. The Australian PM said that there was no discussion (with Trump) about anything else and that there was an appreciation of his country's involvement in that particular operation which he reminds everyone is about freedom of navigation in the Strait of Hormuz. He further said that: That's what it is about and the other concerns that the United States is involved in are their concerns and he has made it very clear when he announced his country's involvement in the Gulf that it was very much about navigation freedom issue and that is what it was about and that was appreciated. Morrison held talks with US defence secretary Mark Esperfor the freedom of navigation exercise.

According to reports, Morrison praised Trump's restraint on Iran saying that he made a point of praising the president on what he comprehended to be Trump's natural instinct of restraint on these issues and that he thinks that he said it fairly and plainly which he thinks that there is a direction towards restraint from Trump and he commended him for it and that it was good to confirm that in the course of discussions . PM Morrison further said that: Australia will make its decisions in the national interest and that he previously remarked that where we (Trump and him) worked together is because they have shared objectives. Morrison said that his country does not do what America says or Australis asks America to do that and that it was because they shared objectives and when objectives are shared one can expect the alignment of activities and operations. 

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Nuclear talk and highlights 

Reportedly, about what Trump may or may not do in the context of Iran, Morrison said that people needed to avoid getting ahead of themselves and that these issues should be dealt with in a very iterative way. Trump said during a meeting with Morrison that he can launch a military strike on Iran right here.  Trump said that: It (Nuclear strike) is all set to go and he could do it right here and then reporters will have a nice story to report. However, minutes later he said that holding was a better course of action and that he thinks a strong person's approach and the thing does show strength would be by showing a little bit of restraint. 

Morrison completed his Washington leg of US tour on September 21 with $150m declaration to help NASA in launching missions to Moon and Mars with a visit to a centre assisting veterans to become entrepreneurs. Morrison then headed to an evening party at the ambassadorial residence with Trump administration officials and Australian business personalities including Gina Rinehart, Anthony Pratt, and Kerry Stokes. Morrison shall travel with Trump to the state of Ohio on September 22 to open a box factory owned by Pratt who is a billionaire box maker which will also be a campaign rally for Trump. Morrison will then fly to Chicago where he is scheduled to give a keynote address before going to New York and the United Nations. 

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