March 27, 2023

Prime Minister Modi raised the issue of temple attack, Australia assures security. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has assured the safety of Indians in Australia after the Antony Albanese meeting

India Australia Relations: Prime Minister Anthony Albanese’s visit follows an exchange of high-level talks and ministerial visits between the two sides in 2022 and 2023. External Affairs Minister Jaishankar visited Australia last month.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese

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New Delhi:Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Prime Minister of Australia Anthony Albanese Referring to the attack on temples in Australia and security of Indians, he said, “I have told Prime Minister Albanese about this.” they are Indian community Security is guaranteed. before this Prime Minister Modi He held delegation-level talks with Prime Minister Antony Albanese in Delhi.

After the meeting, Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a joint press conference with the Australian Prime Minister said, “It is unfortunate that for the past few weeks, reports of temple attacks have been coming from Australia. I have seen reports of temple attacks in Australia. Such news is natural to worry everyone in India. I have conveyed this to Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and he has assured me that the safety and well-being of the Indian community in Australia is a priority for him.”

PM Modi further said, “Security cooperation is an important pillar of the comprehensive strategic partnership between India and Australia. Today we discussed maritime security in the Indo-Pacific region. He said, our teams are working on a comprehensive economic agreement between our two countries.

Economic agreement to be concluded soon: Prime Minister Albanese

On mutual coordination between security agencies, PM Modi said that discussions were held to strengthen regular and useful information exchange between our security agencies. Along with this, we also discussed mutual cooperation to build a reliable and strong global supply chain. We are working together on clean hydrogen and solar.

Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said, “Today Prime Minister Modi and I agreed to complete the ambitious Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement as soon as possible. I am hopeful that we will be able to finalize it this year.” He said we also discussed the Malabar exercise which Australia is hosting this year.

Discussion on bilateral relations

Earlier on Friday, Prime Minister Modi held in-depth discussions with his Australian counterpart Anthony Albanese focusing on promoting overall bilateral ties in the areas of trade and investment, defense and critical minerals. Australian Prime Minister Antony arrived in the capital Delhi yesterday evening after completing his programs in Ahmedabad and Mumbai.

“Australia and India are good friends,” Prime Minister Albanese said after being officially welcomed at the Rashtrapati Bhavan this morning. We are partners and we are strengthening this partnership every day.” He also said that Canberra wants to collaborate with India to build stronger ties in terms of culture, economic ties as well as security.

“We may be competing to be the best team in the world on the cricket field, but together we are also building a better world,” he said. This is Antony’s first visit to India after becoming Prime Minister in May last year. Earlier in 2017, an Australian Prime Minister visited India.

Australia is India’s 17th largest ally

Prime Minister Antoni Albanese’s visit follows an exchange of high-level talks and ministerial visits between the two sides in 2022 and 2023. Indian External Affairs Minister Jaishankar visited Australia last month on February 18 while his counterpart Penny Wong visited New Delhi from February 28 to March 3.

Bilateral economic relations between the two countries are strengthening. The Economic Cooperation Trade Agreement (ECTA) came into force in December last year. This is India’s first free trade agreement with a developed country in the last decade.

Official statistics show that Australia is India’s 17th largest trading partner while India is Australia’s ninth largest trading partner. Bilateral trade through ECTA is expected to reach nearly US$ 50 billion over the next five years.

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