India, Australia ink cooperation pacts during PM Turnbull's viist

While the re-instatement of Australia in the Malabar exercises, comprising of India, the United States and Japan, will have to wait for some time, Modi and Turnbull in a joint statement agreed that the bilateral maritime exercise between the two countries will be conducted next year.

A second MoU was signed on promotion and development of cooperation in civil aviation security. "I hope your visit to India is as productive as it has been for Steven Smith's batting", PM Modi said.

In his statement, PM Modi emphasised on peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region, saying challenges like terrorism and cyber security require global strategy and solutions.

To counter radicalisation, the two leaders emphasised the need for urgent measures to counter terrorism and expressed their determination to take concrete steps to step up cooperation among law enforcement, intelligence and security organisations.

Australia, the world's biggest uranium producer, is likely to start supplying the metal to India's nuclear power plants this year after visiting Premier Malcolm Turnbull helps put in place the mechanism governing the trade.

The centrality of education to the bilateral relationship has not been lost with Australia being home to more than 60,000 Indian students.

Moreover, Turnbull revealed that his new "priority" was to complete the Chinese-led regional deal, the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership.

Congratulating Modi for leading the International Solar Alliance (ISA), Turnbull said that Australia would join the alliance soon.

There he will seek to give the growing partnerships between businesses in Australia and India a push-along.

The two Prime Ministers also inaugurated the Nano-Techhnology Centre at Gurugram through video conference.

On his part, Turnbull said Australia was helping India in its water management policy while sharing expertise in the area of renewable energy. Both the Prime Minister arrived at Akshardham metro station, following which they were seen travelling in an e-rickshaw, as the common man calls it to the Akshardham temple.

In India, Birmingham will have bilateral meetings with Minister for Human Resource and Development Prakash Javadekar and with Minister for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Pratap Rudy.

  • Leroy Wright