India, Australia share deep ties based on the values, said PM Modi
New Delhi : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said that India and Australia share deep and extensive ties based on the shared interest and values between the two nations. He also thanked his Australian counterpart Scott Morrison for accepting his offer to attend the virtual bilateral summit. Though he claimed that digital video cannot replace his actual presence in India.
The Ministry of External Affairs on Wednesday issued a press release on the event, stating that the virtual summit is being held as PM Morrison’s visit to India could not take place amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
The prime minister said that the time is ripe and perfect to further strengthen relations between India and Australia.
“There are endless opportunities to strengthen our friendship, it also brings with it challenges to turn this potential into reality, how our relationship becomes a factor of stability for the region,” PM Modi said.
PM Modi extended his gratitude to his Australian counterpart for taking care of his residents and students in his country during the crisis situation.
“It is not only important for our two nations but also for the Indo-Pacific region and the whole world who bolster our ties,” he said during the virtual bilateral event.
Talking about the measures taken by the Indian government to tackle the Covid-19 challenge, the prime minister said that many decisions have been taken to view this crisis as an opportunity.
“In India, a process of comprehensive reforms has been initiated in almost all areas. Very soon its result will be seen at the ground level,” he said.