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PM Modi meets Governor General of Australia, discusses bilateral relations

Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets Governor General David Hurley of Australia in Sydney. Photo- PMOIndia

On Wednesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi met Australian Governor General David Hurley and his wife Linda Hurley in Sydney and held a meeting with them. Prime Minister Modi and Hurley discussed ways to strengthen bilateral relations between the two countries.

“Prime Minister @narendramodi met with Governor General David Hurley of Australia in Sydney. They discussed ways to strengthen bilateral relations between the two countries,” PMO India tweeted.

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“A warm conversation between Prime Minister @narendramodi and Governor General @HurleyGeneral of Australia in Sydney. We discussed the people-to-people ties between India and Australia and the strengthening of a long-standing bilateral partnership,” said tweeted the Department of External Affairs.

On Tuesday, Modi addressed a well-attended Diaspora event at the Qudos Bank Arena with his Australian counterpart.

Both Modi and Albanese hailed the contributions of Australian Indian diaspora communities to cementing bilateral ties. In recognition of the significant contributions of the Indian diaspora to Australia’s rich multicultural society, leaders unveiled a plaque for the cornerstone of a Little India footbridge for Harris Park.

Leaders also hailed the decision by the City of Perth and the Western Australian Government to rename a road along Perth’s Swan River in recognition of Dwarf Private Singh Sailani.

Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese was also present. After holding the joint press conference, Prime Minister Modi and his Australian counterpart had a frank conversation on Wednesday. Earlier today, Prime Minister Modi and Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese addressed a joint press conference.

During the conference, Prime Minister Modi raised the issue of attacks on temples in the country and said Albanese had assured to take “strict measures against such elements in the future”.

Prime Minister Modi said: “Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and I have in the past discussed the issue of attacks on temples in Australia and the activities of separatist elements. We discussed the issue today as well. We will not accept anything that harms the friendly and warm ties between India and Australia by their actions or thoughts. Prime Minister Albanese assured me once again today that he will also take strict measures against such elements in the future.

Notably, several instances of Khalistan extremism and fights between Khalistan activists and pro-Indian protesters have recently broken out in several parts of Australia. Indian flags were burned and even a Hindu temple was vandalized recently in Australia.

Responding to a media question about the Australian Prime Minister’s assurances to his Indian counterpart, Albanese said: “I gave him the assurance that Australia is a country that respects people’s faith. That we do not tolerate the kind of extreme actions and attacks that we have seen against religious buildings, be they Hindu temples, mosques, synagogues or churches. It has no place in Australia.

And we will take every step through our police and security agencies to ensure that anyone responsible for this will face the full force of the law. We are a tolerant multicultural nation, and there is no place in Australia for this activity,” he said in the statement.

Meanwhile, the Australian Prime Minister spoke about meeting Prime Minister Modi a year from now. He said it was the sixth meeting with Prime Minister Modi in a year. He also mentioned the Quad Summit, which was held in Hiroshima, Japan on the sidelines of the Group of Seven or G7 Summit.

The Australian Prime Minister reiterated the Quad Summit statement and said, “Quad leaders are standing up for an open, stable, secure and prosperous Indo-Pacific region. A region where sovereignty is respected and where all countries, big and small, benefit from a regional balance that maintains peace. This is my 6th meeting with Prime Minister Modi in a year.

“My visit to India in March for the annual Australia-India Leaders Summit focused on the main pillars of our trade relationship, investment and business cooperation, defense and security cooperation , climate and energy cooperation and, of course, people-to-people ties,” Albanian added.

With contributions from agencies

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