Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives in Australia

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has arrived in Sydney for a two day official visit.

Minister for Communicatons, Michelle Rowland, represented PM Anthony Albanese as she welcomed PM Modi dressed in a beautiful Indian attire.

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Shortly before his arrival, Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said that he was honoured to host the Indian PM.

“I am honoured to host Prime Minister Modi for an official visit to Australia, after receiving an extremely warm welcome in India earlier this year.”

A press statement by the Prime Minister mentioned that he will welcome the Prime Minister of the Republic of India, His Excellency Shri Narendra Modi, to Australia from 22-24 May as a guest of the Australian Government.

Prime Minister Modi’s visit to Australia builds on the Australia-India Annual Leaders’ Summit in New Delhi in March and discussions at the G7 Summit and Quad Leaders’ meeting in Hiroshima over the weekend.

PM Modi being received by High Commissioner of India Manpreet Vohra (r) and Consul General of India in Sydney Manish Gupta (l) (Image: MEAIndia Twitter)

Prime Minister Modi’s visit will include a bilateral meeting between the two leaders where they will discuss trade and investment, including efforts to boost trade between the two countries through a Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement, and work to strengthen people to people links, renewable energy, and defence and security cooperation.

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi; Image Source: PIB
Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi; File Image Source: PIB

Prime Minister Modi will also meet Australian business leaders to drive Australia’s growing trade and investment relationship with India and take forward opportunities from the Australia-India CEO Forum held in Mumbai in March.

Prime Minister Albanese has said that Australia and India share a commitment to a stable, secure and prosperous Indo-Pacific and together we have an important role to play in supporting this vision. 

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During the visit, the Prime Ministers will also attend a community event in Sydney to celebrate Australia’s dynamic and diverse Indian diaspora, a core part of the country’s multicultural community.

“As friends and partners, the relationship between our countries has never been closer. I look forward to celebrating Australia’s vibrant Indian community with Prime Minister Modi in Sydney”, said PM Albanese.

Prime Minister Modi last visited Australia in 2014.

Prime Minister Albanese will next be visiting India in September for the G20 Leaders’ Summit in New Delhi, the world’s premier forum for economic cooperation. 

Editor-in-Chief of The Australia Today Jai Bharadwaj spoke to members of the Indian diaspora in Sydney regarding PM Modi’s visit. Tune in to know what they had to say.

Prime Minister Modi arrived in Australia from Papua New Guinea before which he also visited Fiji.

Earlier the PM of Papua New Guinea had welcomed PM Modi by touching his feet.