Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Australian counterpart Scott Morrison held an online summit on Thursday focusing on ways to further broaden bilateral ties in a range of areas like healthcare, trade and defence.
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.
“We have immense possibilities to make our friendship stronger,” Modi said, adding: “How our relations become a ‘factor of stability’ for our region and for the world, how we work together for global good, all these aspects need to be considered.”
The Prime Minister 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. The world needs a coordinated and collaborative approach to get out of the economic and social side effects of this 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.