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Officials from India, Australia, the US and Japan have met in Manila today and discussed issues relating to cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region, seen as a first move to set up a group to pursue common interests in the area.

The Indian external affairs ministry said the discussions focused on cooperation based on converging vision and values for promotion of peace, stability and prosperity in an increasingly inter-connected region.

The officials also exchanged views on addressing common challenges of terrorism and proliferation linkages impacting the region as well as on enhancing connectivity.

The US has been favouring a larger role for India in the key Indo-Pacific region.