In a significant development highlighting the strengthening ties between India and Australia, the two nations signed crucial agreements on migration and mobility partnership, as well as on the establishment of a Green Hydrogen task force. The Memorandum of Understandings (MoUs) were exchanged following a bilateral meeting between Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Australian counterpart Anthony Albanese in Sydney.
Mutual Trust and Confidence in India-Australia Ties
Prime Minister Modi emphasized that the India-Australia relationship is built upon mutual trust and confidence. During their constructive discussions, both leaders focused on enhancing strategic cooperation in the mining and critical minerals sector. The talks centered around taking the comprehensive strategic partnership between the two countries to new heights. In a friendly gesture, Prime Minister Modi extended an invitation to Prime Minister Albanese and all Australian cricket fans to visit India for the upcoming Cricket World Cup this year.
Addressing Security Concerns and Promoting Friendly Ties
The Prime Minister also brought up the issue of attacks on temples in Australia and the activities of separatist elements. He confirmed that this matter had been previously discussed with his Australian counterparts, and it was once again a topic of discussion during the meeting. Prime Minister Modi reiterated that any elements or actions harming the friendly and warm ties between the two countries would not be accepted. He further stated that Prime Minister Albanese has assured him of taking strict actions against such elements in the future as well.
Shared Ambitions for Economic Cooperation and Digital Innovation
Prime Minister Albanese expressed the shared ambition of both nations to conclude the Australia-India Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement later this year. This agreement aims to further strengthen economic ties and facilitate greater trade and investment between the two countries. Additionally, Prime Minister Albanese announced the establishment of a new Australian Consulate General in Bengaluru, which will serve as a vital connection between Australian businesses and India’s thriving digital and innovation ecosystem.
Ceremonial Welcome and Reinforcing Bilateral Relations
During his visit to Australia, Prime Minister Modi was accorded a ceremonial Guard of Honour, symbolizing the respect and importance attached to his visit. This trip to Australia marks the final leg of his three-nation tour, showcasing the significant priority both India and Australia place on their bilateral relationship. Notably, this visit comes just two months after the state visit of the Australian Prime Minister to India in March this year, highlighting the frequent high-level engagements between the two nations.