Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison launched the first India-Australia virtual conference. Prime Minister Modi invited Australian Prime Minister Morrison to visit India with his family after the Corona crisis. He emphasized on increasing trade relations between the two countries. The Prime Minister said that relations between India and Australia have strengthened considerably in the last few years.
The Prime Minister said in the meeting, ‘In this era of a global pandemic, the role of our comprehensive strategic partnership will be more important. The world needs a coordinated and collaborative approach to get out of the economic and social side effects of this epidemic. Our government has decided to look at the Corona crisis as an opportunity.
Prime Minister Modi said, ‘India has started a process of comprehensive reform in almost all areas. It will soon be seen on the ground. 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. But I would not say that I am satisfied with this detail, at this pace. When a leader like you is leading our friendly country, the criteria for the pace of development in our relations should also be ambitious. I am especially grateful for the way you have taken care of the Indian community in Australia and especially the Indian students during this difficult time. ‘
During the conference, Prime Minister of Australia Scott Morrison said, ‘We share an ocean and we share responsibility for that ocean, for its health, welfare and safety. Regarding the issues that we are building on our maritime domain, I think this is the platform for many other things between our countries. ‘
He said, ‘I (Prime Minister Modi) thank you (PM Modi) for playing a constructive and positive role, not only within India but also in the entire G20, Indo-Pacific and stabilization. We are committed to an open, inclusive and prosperous Indo-Pacific and India’s role in that region. Our region will be important in the coming years.