Tokyo: Prime Minister Narendra Modi met with Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese on Tuesday and stated that the two nations will continue to collaborate closely to strengthen their partnership in a number of different industries.
“Had productive talks with PM Anthony Albanese in Tokyo. We will keep working closely to boost the India-Australia friendship in diverse sectors,” PM Modi tweeted.
The late Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s state funeral was held today at Nippon Budokan in Tokyo, and PM Modi arrived in Japan on Tuesday morning to participate. The funeral was attended by a number of influential world leaders.
The essential relationship between the two countries was also discussed, according to the Australian Prime Minister.
“Met with Narendra Modi in Tokyo and discussed the important relationship and friendship between Australia and India,” he said in a tweet.
“Real progress is possible only if our efforts are inclusive, green, led by communities, and catalysed by agile policies and leadership–all attributes of the emerging yet distinct India story,” said Samir Saran, President, Observer Research Foundation.
India works closely with Australia on a number of fronts. Australia announced in the first week of July that it will contribute AUD 5.8 million over the course of the three-year agreement with India on Critical Minerals Investment Partnership.
In the area of key minerals, which are essential for sustainable energy technologies like batteries, electric vehicles, as well as mobile phones and computers, India and Australia have decided to forge a closer partnership.
India and Australia have improved their collaboration on the creation of vital supply chains and projects using minerals.
India and Australia inked the free trade agreement on April 2, motivated by a desire to lessen their reliance on China, the second-largest economy in the world.
Defence Minister Richard Marles of Australia made the most recent official visit to India on June 20 to advance bilateral defence and security cooperation.