Indian Prime Minister Narender Modi held the first ever Indian-Australian Virtual summit on Thursday with Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison. PM Morrison was scheduled to visit India in January but was unable to do so first because of the Australian bush fires and then due to coronavirus pandemic. But these could not stop the two leaders from interacting with each other and focusing on the positive trajectory in bilateral relations. Modi and Morrison have met four times during the last one and a half years and this has made the bilateral ties among both the countries stronger. The key points of today’s meeting were coronavirus and the impacts both countries had due to the same. PM Modi also urged the Australian PM to plan a family trip to India soon after situation improves and accept our hospitality as virtual meeting cannot replace visiting India. PM Modi also focused on the importance of Indo-Pacific development and how our relations become a ‘factor of stability’ for the world. The role of our Comprehensive strategic partnership would be even greater in this period of global pandemic and PM Modi thanked the Australian PM for taking care of Indians ans especially students in Australia amidst this pandemic. PM Morrison also described his excitement for visiting India and enjoying the ‘Gujarati khichdi’ and ‘Modi hug’.
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