India, Australia seal deal to use each other's military bases for logistics support
NEW DELHI: India and Australia on Thursday signed seven agreements, including landmark pact on access to military bases for logistics support, after first-ever virtual summit between PM Narendra Modi and his Aussie counterpart Scott Morrison.
A process of comprehensive reforms covering almost all areas has been initiated in India as it is viewing the coronavirus crisis as an "opportunity", Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Thursday at the online summit with his Australian counterpart Scott Morrison.
The accord allows military ships and aircraft to refuel and access maintenance facilities, and is widely seen as being part of a broader strategy by democracies in the region to counter China's military and economic weight.
India has a similar pact with the United States which is seen as part of a broader security cooperation to balance China's growing economic and military weight in the region.
Although China is the biggest buyer of Australia's exports, there have been trade frictions between the two recently
In his opening remarks, Modi also pitched for a coordinated and collaborative approach to come out of the adverse economic and social impact of the epidemic that has infected around 65 lakh people and killed 3.88 lakh globally.
Referring to the virtual summit, the Prime Minister termed it "a new model of India-Australia partnership, a new model of conducting business". It was the first time that Modi held a "bilateral" virtual summit with a foreign leader.
The Prime Minister described his talks with Morrison as "an outstanding discussion", covering the entire expanse of ties between the two strategic partners.
"Our government has decided to view this crisis as an opportunity. In India, a process of comprehensive reforms has been initiated in almost all areas. It will soon see results at the ground level," the prime minister said. Modi also conveyed his appreciation to Morrison for taking care of the Indian community in Australia, especially the students, during the "difficult time".
The overall focus of the talks was on further broadbasing bilateral ties in a range of areas like healthcare, trade and defence.
Modi said he believed that it is the "perfect time and perfect opportunity" to further strengthen the relationship between India and Australia.
MAKE INDIA GREAT AGAIN .....
In order to do that remove BJP from power.
A good virtual meeting berween the Indian and Australian PM,s which will cement cordial relations between the two countries.
There is virtually no mention in Australian media. No TV channel has mentioned about this meeting, not even govt controlled ABC.
Good to see friends getting more closer... Long live friendship