Australian Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull who is on a 4-day visit to India has received ceremonial reception at the President House. While briefing media, Turnbull said, “Prime Minister Modi is leading this most remarkable nation on extraordinary journey of growth and development.”
“Achievements of India are the admiration of the World. We look forward to working even more closely than we have done in past,” Australian PM added.
Australian PM will hold restricted and delegation level talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He will also have engagements with External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, President Pranab Mukherjee and Vice President Mohammad Hamid Ansari.
Prime Minister Modi will host a banquet in honour of Turnbull and his delegation. The delegation includes Australia's Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham and 120 representatives from Australian universities, industry and training institutions who will work with their Indian counterparts to strengthen collaboration and create new opportunities.
Turnbull will also be meeting the Governor of Maharashtra, C Vidyasagar Rao in Mumbai where he will attend several events including interaction with key business leaders and an energy roundtable.
India-Australia relations today cover a very wide canvas stretching from defence and security cooperation to environment, water management, sports, energy and education. Hence, this visit will build on the work done since the visit of Prime Minister Modi to Australia and give direction to the numerous institutional mechanisms that have been set up to carry the relationship forward.
Australian Prime Minister's visit will see a number of MoUs and Agreements to be signed between the two counties, which include Security, Environment, Sports, Science & Technology, Health, etc.
A high-level business delegation is also expected from Australia as both sides see good economic and commercial engagement. Australia has invested about US$7 billion in India.