In an virtual summit which brought Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Australian counterpart Scott Morrison together, ways to further broadbase bilateral ties in a range of areas like healthcare, trade and defence were discussed.
In his opening remarks, Modi said he believed that it is the “perfect time and perfect opportunity” to further strengthen the relationship between India and Australia. Modi said India was committed to expand its relations with Australia on a wider and faster pace, noting that it is important not only for the two countries, but also for the Indo-Pacific region and the world.
“The role of our comprehensive strategic partnership will be more important in this period of global epidemic. He said
It is the first time that Modi held a “bilateral” virtual summit with a foreign leader. Relationship between the two nations was upgraded to a ‘Strategic Partnership’ level in 2009. Since then, both countries have expanded their cooperation in a range of key areas.
Australia has been supportive of India’s position on cross-border terrorism and on asking Pakistan to take meaningful action against terrorist groups operating from its soil. Australia also co-sponsored UNSC resolution to declare Azhar Masood a global terrorist.