Australian PM to play Holi in his India trip this week

Australian PM to play Holi in his India trip this week

Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese is set to visit India from March 8-11 and his schedule includes playing Holi and watching the fourth cricket Test match of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy in Ahmedabad.

“Our relationship with India is strong but it can be stronger. It is underpinned by our comprehensive strategic partnership, which underscores a joint commitment to working together to enhance our defence, economic, and technological interests,” Albanese said, announcing his visit which comes in the backdrop of an upswing in bilateral ties over the past two years.

It will be the first visit by an Australian PM to India since 2017.

“A stronger India-Australia partnership is good for the stability of our region. It also means more opportunities and more trade and investment, strengthening our economies and directly benefiting our people,” he said. “As we look to the future, India will continue to be an important partner and close friend to Australia. I look forward to hosting Prime Minister Modi in Australia mid-year for the Quad Leaders’ Summit and to visiting India again in September for the G20 Leaders’ Summit.”

Australia’s foreign minister was in Delhi last week to attend the G20 meet besides Quad foreign ministers’ meeting that enabled to prepare for the Quad Summit that India is hosting. Strengthening bilateral partnership in the Indo-Pacific region amid China’s ambitions has been the focus of the two sides. This feeds into the Indo-Pacific vision of Quad.

On March 10, at the summit with PM Narendra Modi, Albanese will discuss trade and investment, renewable energy, technology, defence and security cooperation. He will be accompanied by trade and tourism minister Don Farrell and resources minister Madeleine King, along with a delegation of senior Australian business leaders.

The business delegation will participate in the Australia-India CEO Forum in Mumbai, discussing trade and investment opportunities opened up by the recent Australia-India Economic Cooperation and Trade Agreement and future areas of business-to-business collaboration with their Indian counterparts, said an Australian government statement.

Australia is positioning itself as a “trusted and reliable” supplier of critical and rare-earth minerals to India. India and Australia upgraded their relationship to the level of ‘comprehensive strategic partnership’ in 2020 under the previous Scott Morrison government.

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