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Image Source: PTI. Prime Minister of Australia Anthony Albanese addresses the media as Prime Minister Narendra Modi looks on during his ceremonial reception at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi, Friday, March 10, 2023.

Australian PM Anthony Albanese in India: Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese received a ceremonial welcome at the forecourt of Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi today (March 10). Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday received his Australian counterpart at Rashtrapati Bhavan. The Australian PM inspected the Guard of Honour.

Albanese said, “I thank Prime Minister Modi for the warm welcome here. Australia and India are good friends. We are partners and we are making that partnership stronger every day.” The best of both worlds but together we are building a better world,” said the guest leader.

Later in the day, the Australian PM will call on External Affairs Minister (EAM) Dr S Jaishankar. He will also hold bilateral talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Hyderabad House in New Delhi. The two leaders are expected to discuss a wide range of issues to further boost the Comprehensive Strategic Partnership between their countries. Besides this, the two leaders are also expected to hold talks on trade, investment, defence, education and renewable energy.

Prime Minister Albanese will also call on President Draupadi Murmu at Rashtrapati Bhavan later this evening.

Highlights from the second day of Anthony Albanese India visit:

Earlier on Thursday (March 9), Albanese embarked a fighter jet on India’s first indigenous aircraft carrier INS Vikrant in Mumbai. The Australian PM sat inside the fighter jet while Indian Navy officials shared details and information on board India’s largest aircraft carrier. He also witnessed the first day of the final Test match of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy in Ahmedabad with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

“I am deeply honored to be here today aboard the Indian-designed and built INS Vikrant, my visit reflects my Government’s commitment to placing India at the heart of Australia’s vision for India in the Pacific and beyond. I have had the great pleasure of meeting the brilliant and highly professional men and women of the Indian Navy. What takes defense ties to new levels is the resolve and vision of those who see the relationship as not only Not what it is, but what it could be. One such person is my friend, Prime Minister Modi,” the Australian PM said while interacting with media persons after boarding INS Vikrant.

Albanese thanked PM Modi for his “dedication to advancing our defense and security partnership, which is growing in strategic importance as we navigate the challenges of our region together”. He called India a “top tier security partner”.

“For Australia, India is a top-tier security partner. The Indian Ocean is central to the security and prosperity of both countries. And there has never been a point in our country’s history where we have had such a strong strategic alignment.” The PM said, my current visit to India and the presence of Prime Minister Modi in the meeting of the Quad leaders will further strengthen it.

The Australian PM further said, “In the short term, we depend on free and open access to sea lanes in the Indo-Pacific, both for our trade and for our economic well-being. And we share an unwavering commitment to maintaining a rules-based We do.” Ensuring the international order and the Indo-Pacific is open, inclusive and prosperous.”

On his first visit to India, Albanese and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday briefly watched the ongoing fourth and final Test between India and Australia for the Border-Gavaskar Trophy in Ahmedabad. A special coin minted to mark the occasion was used at the toss. The Prime Ministers take a ride around the stadium on a specially designed chariot to mark the occasion. Albanese compared the cricket match to the growing bilateral ties between India and Australia, saying the two countries are collaborating to build a better world. Cricket teams were competing to be the best in the world.

(with inputs from agencies)

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