Sydney: India and Australia signed agreements in the field of migration and mobility partnership  and on Green Hydrogen task force.

India and Australia today signed agreements in the field of migration and mobility partnership  and on Green Hydrogen task force. The Memorandum of Understandings  were exchanged after a bilateral meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi  and  his  Australian counterpart Anthony Albanese in Sydney. 

In a joint press statement after the meeting, Prime Minister Modi said the India-Australia ties are based on mutual trust and confidence. He said they have constructive discussion on strengthening strategic cooperation in mining and critical minerals. 

He added that the discussion was held on taking India-Australia comprehensive strategic partnership to new heights. Mr. Modi  invited Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and all Australian cricket fans to India for the Cricket World Cup this year.

The Prime Minister also said he had discussion with his Australian counterparts  in the past  on the issue of attack on temples in Australia and activities of separatist elements

and  the matter was also discussed today. 

He added that they  will not accept any elements that harm the friendly and warm ties between the two countries by their action or thoughts.  Mr. Modi said Prime Minister Albanese has assured him once again that he will take strict actions against such elements in the future also. 

On the occasion, the Australian Prime Minister said the two countries reiterated their shared ambition for an early conclusion of the Australia-India Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement later this year. He also announced the establishment of a new Australian Consulate General in Bengaluru saying it will help connect Australian businesses to India's booming digital and innovation ecosystem.

Earlier,  Mr. Modi was accorded a Ceremonial Guard of Honour. Mr. Modi is in Australia, for the third and final leg of his three-nation tour. His visit to Australia reinforces the strong priority attached by India and Australia to bilateral relationship. It comes within just two months of the state visit of the Australian Prime Minister  to India in March this year.

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