Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison gives remarks after being welcomed by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) outside her office in the U.S. Capitol on September 22, 2021 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images)
UPDATED 4:17 PM PT – Wednesday, September 22, 2021
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison visited Capitol Hill to highlight the nation’s new security agreement with the U.S. and U.K. Morrison met with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other lawmakers on Wednesday to discuss the AUKUS military alliance.
The agreement, which has allowed Australia to build nuclear submarines with U.S. technology, has been widely considered to be a measure to address China’s actions in the Indo-Pacific region. Morrison said the U.S., U.K. and Australia shared a great passion for a world order that has favored freedom.
Morrison added that has been what the agreement was all about.
“The House, of course, the Congress and the Senate will play a key role in the insuring that the responsibilities that we are seeking to take on, of which your parliament is a steward and we are seeking to be a steward,” Morrison expressed. “I am keen to be able to provide those assurances today as we work together to implement this very fine partnership between the greatest of friends, the securest of relationships and we will continue to work together in the cause of democracy and freedom.”
Morrison also stopped by the Pentagon on Wednesday, where he met with Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin to discuss the agreement among other topics.