India and Australia decide to expand defence-security ties

India and Australia have reaffirmed their commitment to a peaceful and prosperous Indo-Pacific, based on mutual respect and cooperation.

Earlier yesterday, both the Prime Minister hosted a joint press conference, where PM Modi had praised the Australian PM saying that his visit gave both the countries to shape new priorities in the strategic partnerships between India and Australia. "We also agree that strong regional institutions are necessary for peace, prosperity and a sense of balance in the region", Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in his statement after the signing of agreements between the two countries. Australian PM also extended strong support for India's membership of the Nuclear Suppliers Group.

Modi also said that the Australia-India Research Fund of almost $100 million has focused on collaborative research projects in areas such as nanotechnology, smart cities, infrastructure, agriculture and disease control.

A number of agreements are expected to be signed following Monday's bilateral summit.

Simon Birmingham, Australia's Minister for Education and Training, today said their government has made important progress on key education issues following meetings and discussions with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar and Skill Development Minister Pratap Rudy. As for defence ties, the two countries agreed that their ties are solid as they recalled the Special Forces Bilateral Exercise which took place in October. He will be in India from 9 April to 12 April 2017.

In this regard, the two Prime Ministers also welcomed the signing of an MoU on fighting global terrorism and transnational organised crime. Later, he met External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj.

The two leaders waved to the crowd gathered at the busy metro station, before boarding the train bound for Noida City Centre.

Mr Turnbull, who arrived in India on Sunday for his maiden four-day state visit, expressed interest in deepening economic ties between Australia and the world's fastest-growing economy.

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