Australian PM Anthony Albanese to visit India, push for deeper ties

Image credit: PM Anthony Albanese's LinkedIn

Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese will be visiting India from 8 to 11 March at the invitation of Prime Minister Narendra Mod to further deepen the country’s strategic, economic, and people-to-people ties with India.

PM Albanese will travel with Prime Minister Modi to New Delhi for the Australia-India Annual Leaders’ Summit, where they will discuss trade and investment, renewable energy, technology, defence, and security cooperation. 

The visit will also highlight the countries’ strong educational and cultural ties, according to a media release

Trade and Tourism Minister Don Farrell and Resources Minister Madeleine King will accompany Prime Minister Albanese. 

Ministers Farrell and King will also be leading a delegation of senior Australian business leaders on this trip.

The business delegation will take part in the Australia-India CEO Forum in Mumbai, where they will discuss the future of business-to-business cooperation with their Indian counterparts.

They will also tackle the trade and investment opportunities made possible by the recently signed Australia-India Economic Cooperation and Trade Agreement.

Prime Minister Albanese will also accompany Prime Minister Modi to Ahmedabad for the Fourth Test Match of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy. 

A shared passion for cricket is a defining feature of the countries’ long-standing friendship, which has been enriched by generations of Indian Australians, according to the media release.

“This will be my first visit to India as Prime Minister and I look forward to reinforcing the strong bond between our two countries,” Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said. 

The prime minister continued, “Our relationship with India is strong but it can be stronger. It is underpinned by our Comprehensive Strategic Partnership, which underscores a joint commitment to working together to enhance our defence, economic, and technological interests.”

Albanese added that India will continue to be a significant partner and close friend of Australia moving forward. 

“I look forward to hosting Prime Minister Modi in Australia mid-year for the Quad Leaders’ Summit and to visiting India again in September for the G20 Leaders’ Summit,” Albanese noted. 

Australia’s prime minister will be travelling to India for the first time since 2017.