As the Prime Minister of Australia, Anthony Albanese will hold meetings with the three world leaders this week, and the Indian Prime Minister is one of them.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be one of the first foreign leaders to interact with the new Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese when the two leaders meet in Tokyo this week.
On Monday, Mr Albanese, who took oath as 31st Prime Minister of Australia, said he would hold one-to-one meetings with Indian PM Narendra Modi, US president Joe Biden, and Japanese premier Fumio Kishida. In addition, PM Albanese would be in Tokyo to join the Quad summit with India, Japan, and the US leaders.
“It enables us to send a message to the world that there is a change of government,” Albanese said, adding there will be some changes in policy regarding climate change and Australia’s engagement with the world on the issues.
Prime Minister Modi congratulated Albanese after he was declared the winner of the Australian federal elections.
“Congratulations, @AlboMP, for the victory of the Australian Labor Party and your election as the Prime Minister! I look forward to working towards further strengthening our Comprehensive Strategic Partnership and for shared priorities in the Indo-Pacific region,” he tweeted.
Narendra Modi has already landed in Tokyo to participate in the Quad summit. Before leaving New Delhi, he said he was looking forward to the newly elected Australian PM.
“I look forward to meeting @POTUS@JoeBiden, PM @kishida230 and newly elected Australian PM @AlboMP. Our interactions will give us the opportunity to discuss bilateral relations between our respective nations and ways to further deepen developmental cooperation,” Modi tweeted.
Under the Morrison government, India-Australia relations peaked at new heights. The two countries signed key agreements on security and trade. On April 2, India and Australia signed an interim free-trade agreement to provide zero duty exports to 100 per cent tariff lines from India to the Australian market.