PM Modi will hold virtual talks with his Australian counterpart Scott Morrison today. This is the first time Modi held a virtual summit. PM Modi said our shared values, shared interest, shared geography and shared objectives have deepened our relationship. He added that this is the perfect time to strengthen the relationship between the two countries. Both leaders noted the progress made in the relationship between the two countries in different areas. The bilateral Strategic Partnership concluded in 2009 has been elevated to a Comprehensive Strategic Partnership (CSP). The CSP is based on mutual understanding, trust, shared interests and the shared values of democracy and the rule of law. It reflects both countries’ commitment to addressing global challenges like Covid-19. Both countries will share the development in science and medicine to strengthen the healthcare system and to improve the capacity to fight global pandemic like Corona. India and Australia resolved to boost collaboration on science, technology and research to support their national COVID-19 responses. Bot h countries committed to a new phase of the Australia – India Strategic Research Fund to promote innovative solutions for responding to and treating COVID-19. India and Australia have decided to work together in the areas of the digital economy, cybersecurity and other emerging technologies.
Australia conveyed that India could consider it as a stable, reliable and trusted supplier of high-quality mineral resources to India.
Both sides agreed to share technologies and resources to support the health and sustainability of oceans and water resources. Both countries agreed to boost cooperation in the maritime domain, defence, economy, agriculture, water resource, management, education, culture, tourism, energy and environment and innovation and entrepreneurship. Both sides strongly condemned terrorism in all its forms and manifestations.
In social distancing, Scott Morrison missed ‘Modi hug’ but Gujarati Khichdi is on cards. Modi invited the Australian Prime Minister to India once the situation is normalized.
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