Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Australian counterpart Scott Morrison held a virtual summit on Thursday focusing on ways to further broadbase bilateral ties in a range of areas like healthcare, trade and defence.
It is the first time that Modi held a “bilateral” virtual summit with a foreign leader.
Taking to Twitter, PM Modi said, “A new model of India-Australia partnership, a new model of conducting business. Met my dear friend, PM @ScottMorrisonMP over India-Australia Virtual Summit. We had an outstanding discussion, covering the entire expanse of our relationship.”
“With Comprehensive Strategic Partnership between India and Australia, we aspire to achieve yet new heights in our collaboration,” he added.
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.
In its White Paper on Foreign Policy un 2017, Australia recognised India as the “pre-eminent maritime power among Indian Ocean countries” and a “front-rank partner of Australia”.