NEW DELHI: The visit of Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese to India between March 8 and 11 is expected to give the two countries' comprehensive strategic alliance more traction.
I'm looking forward to visiting India next week at the invitation of Prime Minister @narendramodi. We will work to strengthen our security cooperation and deepen our economic, sporting and educational ties," Anthony Albanese posted on Twitter on Saturday.
Together with other senior officials and a top-tier corporate delegation, he will be accompanied by Senator Don Farrell, Minister for Trade and Tourism, and Madeleine King, MP, Minister for Resources and Northern Australia.
Premier Albanese will be making his first trip while serving in this capacity. On March 8, he will arrive in Ahmedabad. On March 9, he would travel to Mumbai as well before continuing on to Delhi.
On March 10, a formal welcome will be given to the visiting dignitary at Rashtrapati Bhawan's forecourt in Delhi.
The Annual Summit will be held by both prime ministers and will include topics of mutual interest in addition to areas of cooperation under the India-Australia Comprehensive Strategic Partnership.
Prime Minister Albanese will also call on President Droupadi Murmu.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs reports that India and Australia have cordial relations based on shared ideals and democratic tenets.
The Australian Prime Minister will be accorded a ceremonial welcome at the forecourt of Rashtrapati Bhawan on March 10. After this, PM Modi and Anthony Albanese will hold the annual summit to discuss areas of cooperation under the India-Australia Comprehensive Strategic Partnership besides regional and global issues of mutual interest. The relations between India and Australia have been on an upswing in the last few years.
The strategic partnership between the India and Australia was elevated to a comprehensive strategic partnership in June 2020. "Prime Minister Albanese's visit is expected to provide further momentum to the comprehensive strategic partnership," the Ministry of External Affairs said in a statement.
An Australian prime minister will be visiting India for the first time since 2017. Throughout the past few years, Scott Morrison's plans to visit New Delhi were thwarted by home problems and the Covid-19 pandemic.