Prime Minister Narendra Modi will take part in the India-Australia Virtual Summit with Prime Minister of Australia Scott Morrison on Thursday. At the conference, the two leaders will discuss the issue of further strengthening the island’s strategic ties and dealing with the Kovid-19 epidemic. The Foreign Ministry said in a statement, “The dates for the visit of the Prime Minister of Australia to India were finalized but the visit could not take place. In such a situation it was agreed to hold India-Australia virtual summit. ‘
According to the ministry, “Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hold an India-Australia virtual summit on June 4, 2020 with his Australian counterpart Scott Morrison.” This is the first time that Prime Minister Modi is organizing a bilateral summit through virtual medium which shows the strength and progressive development of India’s relations with Australia.
According to the Ministry of External Affairs, ‘India and Australia, being two democratic countries, have developed an understanding of each other on regional and global issues. We share a common position on an independent, open, inclusive and prosperous Indian Pacific. According to the statement, the two Prime Ministers had earlier held a telephonic conversation on 6 April 2020 and discussed the subject of Kovid-19 and the convenience of civilians stranded in each other’s countries. Then Prime Minister Scott Morrison talked about the importance of the Indian community, especially Indian students, in Australian society.
The statement from the ministry said that the virtual summit to be held between the two leaders would be an occasion when both sides would review the deepening ties and diverse dimensions of India and Australia and their countries regarding the Kovid-19 pandemic. Will discuss about the response.
It added that Australia has supported India in a number of global activities such as the International Solar Alliance, India Pacific Ocean Initiative (IPOI). Australia supports India’s permanent membership of an expanded UN Security Council. It also supported India’s membership in the Wasenar Group and Australia Group in the past. It also favored India’s membership in the NSG.
According to the ministry, economic relations between India and Australia are growing. The business between the two countries was $ 21 billion in 2018-19. Both countries are determined to increase trade and investment.