In September 2021, the leaders of Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States announced AUKUS, an enhanced trilateral security partnership. The need for this partnership is as clear today as it was a year ago. We stand together in support of an international order that respects human rights, the rule of law and the peaceful resolution of disputes without coercion. AUKUS is central to our efforts to achieve these goals.
Over the past 12 months, we have made significant progress towards Australia’s acquisition of conventionally armed nuclear submarines. We are firm in our commitment that Australia acquires this capability as soon as possible.
As leaders, we remain committed to ensuring the highest level of nuclear safety, security and stewardship in this business. Australia does not seek and will not acquire nuclear weapons. The United States and the United Kingdom are fully committed to establishing an approach to sharing naval nuclear propulsion technology with Australia that meets the highest non-proliferation standard. We welcome the report of the Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Grossi, to the September meeting of the IAEA Board of Governors on this issue, in which the Director General expressed satisfaction with our commitment . The international community can be sure that our countries will continue to work transparently with the IAEA towards an approach that will strengthen the non-proliferation regime.
Through AUKUS, we have also made significant progress in our trilateral cooperation on advanced capability initiatives: hypersonic and counter-hypersonic, electronic warfare capabilities, cyber, artificial intelligence and autonomy, quantum technologies, and additional submarine capabilities. To support further progress on these initiatives, we continue to promote greater information and technology sharing, foster deeper integration of our industrial bases and supply chains, and accelerate our innovation ventures. in the field of defence. As we advance our work on these and other critical defense and security capabilities, we will seek opportunities to engage allies and close partners.
Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States have a proud history of working together, with other allies and partners, to protect our shared values and uphold the rules-based international order. Today, as we celebrate the first anniversary of AUKUS, we reaffirm our commitment to this crucial enterprise and to peace and security in the Indo-Pacific.