Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday discussed the matter of temple vandalism by Khalistani elements with his Australian counterpart Anthony Albanese. PM Modi mentioned that the Australian PM has given assurance regarding the safety of the Indian community after these incidents of vandalism.
In a joint press conference with Anthony Albanese, PM Modi said, “Matter of regret that reports have come regularly from Australia in the last few weeks about attacks on temples. I have conveyed this to PM Albanese and he has assured me that the safety and well-being of the Indian community in Australia is a priority for them.”
During their meeting, PM Modi and Anthony Albanese had extensive discussions centered on enhancing overall bilateral engagement across several areas, including trade and investment, defence, and critical minerals.
“We discussed maritime security in the Indo-Pacific and ways to enhance mutual security. We discussed mutual cooperation to develop reliable, strong global supply chains,” PM Modi said after talks with Anthony Albanese.
Albanese’s visit to India follows a string of high-level engagements and ministerial exchanges between the two countries throughout 2022 and 2023. This is his inaugural visit to India since becoming prime minister in May of last year. The previous visit to India by an Australian prime minister was in 2017.
“Australia and India are great friends. We are partners and we are building that partnership even stronger each and every day,” Albanese said after he was accorded a ceremonial welcome at the Rashtrapati Bhavan this morning.
“We are competing on the cricket field to be the world’s best but together we are building a better world,” he said.