English translation of Press Statement by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi at the Joint Press Meeting with the Prime Minister of Australia | May 24, 2023
Prime Minister Albanese
Delegates from both countries,
Friends from media,
I express my heartfelt thanks to the people of Australia and to Prime Minister Albanese for the hospitality and respect accorded to me and my delegation during my visit to Australia. I am visiting Australia within two months of my friend Prime Minister Albanese’s visit to India. This is our sixth meeting in the past one year.
This reflects the depth in our comprehensive relations, the convergence in our views and the maturity of our ties. If I may say in the language of cricket, our ties have entered the T-20 mode
As you said yesterday, our democratic values are the foundation of our ties. Our relationship is based on mutual trust and respect. The Indian community in Australia is a living bridge between our two countries. Last evening at the Indian community event, Prime Minister Albanese and I unveiled ‘Little India’ of Harris Park. I could also sense the popularity of Prime Minister Albanese in the event.
Today, in my meeting with Prime Minister Albanese, we talked about taking India-Australia Comprehensive Strategic Partnership to greater heights in the next decade. We discussed in detail the possibilities of cooperation in new areas. Last year India-Australia ECTA came into effect. Today we have decided to focus on CECA – Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement. This will give further strength and new dimensions to our trade and economic cooperation.
We had constructive discussions on strengthening our strategic cooperation in the sectors of mining and critical minerals. We have identified concrete areas for cooperation in renewable energy. It was decided to set up a task force on Green Hydrogen. Yesterday I had a fruitful discussion with Australian CEOs on investments in various areas. And today I will talk about trade, investment and technology cooperation in the Business Roundtable.
Today, the migration and mobility partnership agreement was signed. This will further strengthen our living bridge. To deepen our ever-growing relationship, as I announced yesterday, we will soon open a new Indian Consulate in Brisbane, just as Australia has announced opening a new Consulate in Bengaluru.
Prime Minister Albanese and I have discussed the issue of attacks on temples in Australia and the activities of separatist elements in the past. Today also we had discussion on the issue. It is not acceptable to us that any element harms the warm and friendly relations between India and Australia by their thoughts or their actions. I thank Prime Minister Albanese for the steps he has taken in this regard. And at the same time, he assured me once again that he will continue to take strict action against such elements.
The scope of India-Australia relations is not limited to merely our two countries. It is also linked to regional stability, peace and global welfare. A few days ago, along with Prime Minister Albanese, at the Quad Summit in Hiroshima, we also discussed the Indo-Pacific. India-Australia cooperation can also be beneficial for the progress of the Global South. The Indian tradition of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam, which sees the whole world as one family, is the central theme of India’s G-20 Presidency. I heartily thank Prime Minister Albanese for Australia’s support to our initiatives in the G-20.
I invite Prime Minister Albanese and all Australian cricket fans to come to India for the Cricket World Cup to be held in India this year. At that time, along with cricket, you will also get to see the grand celebration of Diwali.
I am very excited to welcome you again to India for the G-20 Summit in September this year. Thank you very much once again!
May 24, 2023
DISCLAIMER – This is the approximate translation of Prime Minister’s remarks. Original remarks were delivered in Hindi.
Source: Ministry of External Affairs
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