Scott Morrison has addressed the nation from Washington DC following high-level talks with senior members of US Congress – whom the Prime Minister said expressed “overwhelming” support for Australia’s national security interests.

It comes following the PM visiting the US Capitol to promote the new military alliance between Australia, the US and the UK – spruiking the AUKUS alliance in discussions with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

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.”

Mr Morrison also addressed Australia’s tumultuous relationship with France, climate change, international travel and expressed his sentiments over the Melbourne earthquake.

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