PM Modi holds India-Australia virtual summit with PM Scott Morrison: Key points | India News


NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi held the India-Australia virtual summit on Thurday with Prime Minister Scott Morrison focussing on the positive trajectory in bilateral relations.
This is the first-ever bilateral virtual summit held by PM Modi. PM Morrison was scheduled to visit India in January but the meeting was first postponed due to bushfires and then due to coronavirus pandemic.
Here are the key point from the summit:
* First of all I would like to express my heartfelt condolences to all the people and families affected by COVID-19 in Australia from my side and from all over India: PM Modi
* Our meeting today cannot replace you visiting India. As a friend, I urge you to plan a family trip to India soon after the situation improves and accept our hospitality: PM Modi
* How our relations become a ‘factor of stability’ for our region and for the world, how we work together for ‘global good’, all these aspects need to be considered: PM Modi
* India is committed to expanding its relations with Australia on a wider and faster pace. This is important not only for our two countries, but also for the Indo-Pacific region and the world: PM Modi
* But I will not say that I am satisfied with this pace. When a leader like you is leading our friendly country, then the criteria for the pace of development in our relations should also be ambitious: PM Modi
* The role of our Comprehensive Strategic Partnership will be more important in this period of global epidemic. The world needs a coordinated and collaborative approach to get out of the economic and social side effects of this epidemic: PM Modi
* I am especially grateful for the way you have taken care of the Indian community in Australia, and especially the Indian students in this difficult time: PM Modi
* If I would have travelled to India I would have got the chance to enjoy the famous ‘Modi hug’: PM Morrison
* I enjoy the samosa but also wants to enjoy the Gujarati khichdi: PM Morrison
* PM Modi said that the Khichdi is savoured all over India and is known by different names in different parts of India. He said that people of Gujarat will be very happy to know that the Australian PM knows about ‘Gujarati khichdi’, given that there are so many Gujarati families in Australia as well.
India-Australia relations
Modi and Morrison have met four times during the last one and a half years — on the sidelines of East Asia Summit in Singapore in November 2018, on the sidelines of G20 in Osaka in June 2019, on the margins of G7 Summit in Biarritz in August 2019 and on the margins of East Asia Summit in Bangkok in November 2019.
The strategic partnership between the two countries was strengthened in 2014 – with the visit of Prime Minister Tony Abbott to India in September 2014, and the visit of PM Modi to Australia in November 2014.
Framework for security cooperation between Australia and India signed in November 2014 during the visit of PM Modi to Australia laid the foundation for intensified foreign, defence and security policy exchanges between the two countries. Since then, regular meetings of the institutional dialogues have been taking place, says MEA.
As per MEA, in 2018-19, the trade between the two countries was around USD 21 billion. Australia’s cumulative investment in India is about USD 10.74 billion whereas India’s total investment in Australia is USD 10.45 billion.



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