Abbott looking forward to enhance ties with India

October 28, 2014 03:44 pm | Updated May 23, 2016 06:28 pm IST - Melbourne

Australia is looking forward to strengthen trade and economic ties and converging strategic interests with India, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said on Tuesday.

Mr. Abbott’s remarks came ahead of his counterpart Narendra Modi’s visit to Australia in November.

“This follows my recent visit to India and I look forward to continuing our discussions on strengthening trade and economic links and our converging strategic interests,” the Australian Prime Minister said.

Mr. Abbott said French President Hollande, Chinese President Xi Jinping, German Chancellor Merkel, UK Prime Minister David Cameron and Mr. Modi would be visiting the country as guests of the federal government, coinciding with the G20 Leaders’ Summit.

Parliament will be recalled for formal addresses by Prime Minister Cameron on November 14, President Xi Jinping on November 17 and Prime Minister Modi on November 18, Mr. Abbott said.

Mr. Modi will visit Brisbane, Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne.

Preparations are in full swing in Sydney where Mr. Modi will address a huge gathering of Indian diaspora on November 17.

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