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Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese visits India


Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese will make his first visit to India since taking office in May 2022.

Albanians will be in India for three days, starting with a visit to Ahmedabad on March 8. He will visit Mumbai and then New Delhi. Prime Minister Albaniase is expected to meet with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Droupadi Murmu while in New Delhi.

“The Prime Ministers will discuss trade and investment, renewable energy, technology, defense and security cooperation,” reads a press release from the Australian Prime Minister’s Office.

This will be the first of three meetings between the two leaders this year. Prime Minister Modi goes to Australia for the Quad Leaders Summit before PM Albanese comes to New Delhi for the G20 Leaders meeting.

“Our relationship with India is strong, but could be stronger. It is underpinned by our comprehensive strategic partnership, which underscores a shared commitment to working together to strengthen our defense, economic and technological interests,” said Prime Minister Albanese of his upcoming visit

Albanian will be joined by Senator Don Farrell, Minister of Trade and Tourism, and Madeleine King MP, Minister of Resources and Northern Australia. The three politicians will also be accompanied by officials and a high-level business delegation.

“The business delegation will participate in the Australian-India CEO Forum in Mumbai, discussing trade and investment opportunities created by the recent Australian-India Economic Co-operation and Trade Agreement and future areas of business-to-business collaboration with their Indian counterparts,” says the Australian Prime Minister’s office.

“India and Australia have warm and friendly relations based on shared values ​​and democratic principles. The strategic partnership between the two countries was elevated to a comprehensive strategic partnership in June 2020, which has been strengthened and deepened through frequent high-level exchanges and enhanced cross-sectoral cooperation. The visit of Prime Minister Albanese is expected to give further impetus to the comprehensive strategic partnership,” reads a press release from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Joanna Swanson

Joanna Swanson is Europe correspondent at the Thomson Reuters Foundation based in Brussels covering politics, culture, business, climate change, society, economies and inclusive tech. With specific focus in breaking news, she has covered some of the world's most significant stories.