PM to Meet Modi at Kirribilli After Big Welcome

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese is because of welcome his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi to Admiralty Home forward of official talks after the pair loved a rockstar welcome at a stadium occasion at Sydney Olympic Park.

Albanese and Governor-Basic David Hurley will meet with Modi at Kirribilli forward of bilateral talks on Might 24.

The prime ministers are anticipated to debate commerce, defence and renewable vitality as each nations search to strengthen relations.

Enterprise leaders and delegates may even meet with Modi throughout his first go to to Australia in 10 years and the 2 prime ministers’ sixth assembly in 12 months.

However the Australian authorities is being pushed to take a extra hardline method in direction of India’s reluctance to overtly criticise Russia for invading Ukraine and human rights abuses.

Albanese mentioned Modi was actually a preferred prime minister however didn’t please everybody as “it’s a democracy”.

“Australia all the time stands up for human rights, wherever on the earth,” he informed ABC TV.

However he wouldn’t verify whether or not the difficulty could be raised, saying he engaged with world leaders one-on-one and wouldn’t leak messages.

Overseas Minister Penny Wong mentioned Australia maintained a constant method to human rights and democratic ideas and “we articulate that appropriately with pals and companions and we’ll proceed to try this.”

She mentioned India was an necessary strategic relationship for Australia as each democratic nations have been pushing for a robust and secure Indo-Pacific area.

However Senator Wong added she wouldn’t pre-empt what could be mentioned in the course of the bilateral assembly between the 2 prime ministers as Modi pushes to have different Indian medication accessible by means of Medicare.

The international minister was additionally pressed on whether or not Australia would convey up India’s ties with the Kremlin and import Russian arms.

New Delhi has additionally been criticised for not expressly condemning Russia for its invasion.

Senator Wong mentioned Modi’s assembly with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy over the weekend the place he signalled assist for the nation’s sovereignty despatched an necessary message.

“I believed that was a vital assembly and despatched a vital sign concerning the opposition to Russia’s unlawful and immoral battle towards Ukraine,” she informed Sky Information.

Albanese added that “India is chargeable for its personal worldwide relations,” referring to India’s historical past of non-alignment.

“India is a superb supporter of peace and safety and stability in our area,” he mentioned.

Opposition international affairs spokesman Simon Birmingham may even meet the Indian prime minister.

Pressed on what points he would elevate, Senator Birmingham mentioned he needed to see an growth of the free commerce settlement and enhance financial and defence ties.

On human rights, he mentioned Australia “ought to all the time be constant and predictable with regards to the place and to how we apply our values on the earth”.

Senator Birmingham mentioned whereas Australia couldn’t management what occurs in different nations, the federal government wanted to convey the way it thought democratic ideas ought to be upheld.

He mentioned he would try to elevate India’s assist for Ukraine throughout what he anticipated to be a comparatively brief assembly with “many matters on the record to encourage by way of our bilateral relations”.