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PM Modi, Australian PM Albanese hold first annual summit talks


 Prime Minister Narendra Modi and visiting Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese on Friday held the first Annual Summit talks at Hyderabad House aimed at further deepening the bilateral Comprehensive Strategic Partnership.

MEA spokesperson Arindam Bagchi in tweets said:

“Another landmark in #IndiaAustralia ties!

“The 1st India-Australia Annual Summit commences with talks between Prime Ministers @narendramodi & @AlboMP in a restricted format.

“Reaffirms the shared commitment towards further deepening of our Comprehensive Strategic Partnership.

“PM @narendramodi welcomes PM @AlboMP for the 1st India-Australia Annual Summit at Hyderabad House.”

“The mechanism of Annual Summits was institutionalised during the bilateral Virtual Summit in Mar’22, and is a reflection of the ever-expanding engagement between our two countries,” he tweeted.

Earlier, Prime Minister Modi welcomed his Australian counterpart for a ceremonial welcome at Rashtrapati Bhavan ahead of their bilateral talks.

The Australian Prime Minister, who is on a four-day state visit, also laid a wreath at the Rajghat. External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar also called on him.

MEA spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said in tweets:

“PM @narendramodi receives PM @AlboMP of Australia for a ceremonial welcome at Rashtrapati Bhavan on PM Albanese’s first State Visit to India.

“An opportunity to propel the dynamic India-Australia relationship to newer heights.”

EAM Jaishankar who called on the visiting dignitary, in a tweet, said:

“Delighted to call on Prime Minister @AlboMP of Australia this morning.

“His visit and today’s Annual Summit will take our ties to a higher level.”

On his visit to Rajghat, the MEA spokesperson in a tweet said:

“A tribute to the lasting legacy of Bapu.

“PM @AlboMP of Australia laid a wreath at Rajghat, paying his respects to Mahatma Gandhi.”

Earlier, the Australian Prime Minister arrived in the Indian capital from Mumbai last night.

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