Selfie time: Modi rides the Delhi metro with Australian PM Turnbull

Emphasising on peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region, Prime Minister Modi said challenges like terrorism and cyber security require global strategy and solutions.

Australia's promise on uranium was announced even as both countries signed six agreements, including one on countering terrorism.

The Indian government, led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi who will meet with Mr Turnbull, is also aiming to train 400 million people by 2022.

On Sunday, Turnbull arrived in India for four-day visit.

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.

They also held talks on Canberra supplying uranium to Indian nuclear power plants.

"We can help them achieve this goal, both here and in India", Mr Turnbull said.

While there is interest in Australian companies to be part of India's nuclear market, there are concerns in that country over safety regulations in India. Our bilateral mechanisms on counter-terrorism and trans-national crimes are functioning well, ' he said.

However, a Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement (CECA) will not be signed during this visit.

In a rare gesture, the Indian Prime Minister took his Australian counterpart for a ride in the Delhi Metro Rail and visited the Akshardham Temple along the banks of the Yamuna river.

"Our cooperation in the area of defence and security has reached new heights".

Both Modi and Turnbull felt that commercial export of Australian uranium could begin soon, opening up a new avenue for Australia to support India's energy requirement.

Earlier in the day, he was accorded a ceremonial reception at the Rashtrapati Bhavan.

The two Prime Ministers also inaugurated the Nano-Techhnology Centre at Gurugram through video conference. According to reports, huge cheers awaited the PM Modi at Mandi House as loud chants of "Modi Modi" were heard as the Prime Minister boarded the metro with his esteemed counterpart from Australia.

  • Leroy Wright


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