Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Narendra Modi called each other by first names during their annual virtual meet.
“Kem Cho from Brisbane, Prime Minister Modi. Thank you for joining us today for our Virtual Annual Leaders’ Meeting.”
This is how Scott Morrison started his opening remarks of the annual virtual summit with his India counterpart.
The two leaders missed no chance to show how close they were. Both the leaders addressed each other with their first names as Morrison said, “Prime Minister, it’s wonderful to see you, Narendra.”
He congratulated Modi on his party’s victory in four of the five state elections held earlier this month.
“I’m very glad to have this Virtual Meeting to drive our bilateral cooperation to new heights, but you are already ascending those new heights, and I congratulate you on your five election victories in the, in the states recently, particularly in Goa. That must have been a tremendous result for you, and I congratulate you,” said Mr Morrison.
India PM opened his remark very casually. He said, “Scott, good afternoon. Thank you for your good wishes for Holi and also your congratulations for my election victory. I’m very grateful to you for that. On behalf of all Indians, I would like to express my condolences for the loss of lives and property due to the floods in Queensland and New South Wales.”
He also congratulated Mr Morrison on the Australian cricket team’s performance in the World Cup, where they beat the Indian team to secure a place in the semifinal.
“Australia’s women’s cricket team has performed very well in the Cricket World Cup. My congratulations to you for that. Australia won the match on Saturday, but there are still more matches to be played. My very best wishes to the teams of both countries,” said Mr Modi.