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State Visit of Prime Minister of Australia to India (April 09-12, 2017)

April 06, 2017

  • Prime Minister of Australia, the Honourable Mr. Malcolm Turnbull, MP., is paying a State Visit to India at the invitation of our Prime Minister from 9 to 12 April.
  • This would be Prime Minister Turnbull's first visit to India. Former Prime Minister Tony Abbott had visited India in September 2014 and this was followed by our Prime Minister's visit to Australia in November that year.
  • Prime Minister Turnbull and Prime Minister Modi have had substantive meetings on the margins of the G-20 in Antalya in 2015 and in Hangzhou in 2016.
  • The Australian Prime Minister will begin his visit with a ceremonial guard of honour at Rashtrapati Bhavan on 10th April followed by wreath laying at Mahatma Gandhi's Samadhi at Raj Ghat. External Affairs Minister will call on him and this will be followed by restricted and delegation level talks between the two Prime Ministers. He will also call on Hon'ble President and Hon'ble Vice President. The Prime Minister will host a banquet in honour of the Australian Prime Minister and his delegation.
  • Prime Minister Turnbull will also visit Mumbai where he will meet the Governor of Maharashtra and attend several events, including an interaction with key business leaders and an energy roundtable.
  • As you are aware, India-Australia relations today cover a very wide canvas stretching from defence and security cooperation to environment, water management, sports, energy and education. This visit will build on the work done since the visit of our Prime Minister to Australia and give direction to the numerous institutional mechanisms that have been set up to carry the relationship forward.
  • The India-Australia relationship is more robust and multi-faceted than it has ever been before and both Prime Ministers and both Governments are committed to carrying this forward. Reflective of this breadth of engagement, a number of MoUs and Agreements are to be firmed up covering Security, Environment, Sports, Science & Technology, Health, etc.
  • In keeping with the vast potential that both sides see in economic and commercial engagement, a high-level business delegation is also expected from Australia. Australia has invested about US$7 billion in India.
  • Education and skills development is a key area of our engagement with Australia. More than attracting Indian students to Australia, this encompasses cooperation between educational institutions in both countries, joint research, tie-ups between Government and non-Government entities in India with technology centres in Australia. The extent of this bilateral engagement will be in full view during the visit with a large number of tie-ups in this sector. A high-powered delegation from the education sector will be accompanying the Australian Prime Minister during the visit.
  • Cooperation in renewable energy, clean coal and bio-fuels will also feature during the visit.
New Delhi
April 06, 2017

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