New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a virtual meeting with Australian PM Scott Morrison. Bilateral relations were discussed between the two leaders. On Thursday, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison attended a virtual summit after India and Australia accepted the US invitation to attend an extended meeting of G-7 countries on China-related issues. Exchange of views on further strengthening bilateral strategic relations of the two countries
PM Modi said that first of all, I would like to express my heartfelt condolences to all the people and families affected by COVID-19 in Australia on behalf of me and all over India. This global epidemic has affected every type of system in the world and this digital form of our summit is an example of similar effects. Our meeting today cannot replace your visit to India. As a friend, I request you that after the situation improves, you should plan a family trip to India soon and accept our hospitality. 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 said, ‘I believe that this is a better time to strengthen the relations between India and Australia, it is a better time. We have immense possibilities to make our friendship stronger. How our relations become a ‘factor of stability’ for our region and for the world, how we work together for global betterment, all these aspects need to be considered. ‘
PM Modi said that 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 pace, this detail. When a leader like you is leading our friendly country, the criteria for the pace of development in our relations should also be ambitious.
PM Modi said, ‘The role of our Comprehensive Strategic Partnership will be more important in this era of a global epidemic. The world needs a cooperative attitude to get out of the economic and social side effects of this epidemic. Our government has decided to see this crisis as an opportunity. In India, a process of comprehensive reform has been started in almost all areas. It will soon see results at the ground level.
Please tell that PM Morrison was to come to India in January and then in May. In January, he could not come due to the huge fire in the forests of Australia and in May he not visit due to Corona epidemic. In view of this, the two leaders decided to hold a virtual meeting.