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India, Australia ink several pacts

Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi and his Australian counterpart Scott Morrison in their video interaction on Thursday upgraded their ties to a comprehensive strategic partnership and signed several agreements. The pact allows their militaries reciprocal access to bases for logistics support.

“India is committed to expanding its relations with Australia in a comprehensive and quick manner. This is important not only for our two countries but also for the Indo-Pacific region and the world,” PM Modi commented. Meanwhile, PM Morrison said “In a time like this, we want to deal very much with friends and trusted partners and this is a partnership that has stood the test time.”

Some of the other areas where the two leaders pledged cooperation include terrorism, maritime security challenges in the Indo-Pacific region, reform in the World Trade Organization, and dealing with the coronavirus crisis. Defence science and technology, public administration, water resources management, and vocational training were some other areas the two countries shortlisted to deepen their partnership. A deal on mining critical and strategic minerals was also sealed by the duo.