Prime Minister Narendra Modi has taken a serious note of the targeted attacks on temples by miscreants in Australia. In a conversation with his Australian counterpart Anthony Albanese on Wednesday, PM Modi apprised him of India’s concerns over the recent incidents of attacks on temples in Australia and activities of pro-Khalistan activists. During the discussions both the Prime Ministers decided to focus on strengthening the Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement (CECA), which is expected to give a boost to bilateral trade ties. In his media address, Prime Minister Modi emphasized the importance of India-Australia cooperation, saying it is vital for regional peace, stability and global well-being.
Prime Minister Modi said, “Prime Minister Albanese and I have discussed the issue of attacks on temples in Australia and activities of separatist elements. We talked about it even today. “It is not acceptable to us that anyone, by their actions or ideology, should hurt the friendly and cordial relations between India and Australia,” he said. Thanked Albanese for taking action against. Prime Minister Modi said, “Prime Minister Albanese once again assured me that he will take strict action against such elements in future also.
Australia to open new Consulate General in Bengaluru
Referring to his frequent meetings with his Australian counterpart, Prime Minister Modi said this reflects the depth of India-Australia relations. “This is our sixth meeting in the last one year. This reflects the depth of our wide-ranging ties and the maturity of our ties. Speaking in the language of cricket, our relations are in the T20 format. Modi said that the two sides also had a fruitful discussion on strategic cooperation in the areas of mining and important minerals. During the talks, both sides also decided to focus cooperation in the areas of green hydrogen. At the same time, Albanese said in his statement that Australia will open a new Consulate General in Bengaluru.
Also met the Governor General of Australia, David Hurley
Prime Minister Narendra Modi also met the Governor General of Australia David Hurley on Wednesday. During this, the two leaders discussed ways to strengthen people-to-people contacts and long-standing bilateral partnership between India and Australia. Modi met Hurley after wide-ranging talks with Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese. During the meeting with Albanese, the two leaders discussed focussing on boosting bilateral relations overall, besides areas such as trade, investment, defense and renewable energy. The Ministry of External Affairs tweeted, “Talks were held between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Governor General of Australia Hurley in Sydney. The two leaders discussed ways to strengthen people-to-people contacts and long-standing bilateral partnership between India and Australia.
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