On the final day of his three-day visit to Australia, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that the ties between India and Australia had entered ‘T20 mode’.
Using ‘cricket diplomacy’ to explain the relationship between the two nations, PM Modi also extended a personal invitation to his Australian counterpart Anthony Albanese to visit India during the cricket World Cup – scheduled from October 5 to November 19 – and take part in Diwali celebrations.
“I am visiting Australia within two months of the visit of my friend, Prime Minister Albanese to India. This is our sixth meeting in the last year… reflects the depth of our comprehensive relations, convergence in our views and maturity of our ties. In the language of cricket, our ties have entered the T20 mode!,” said the Indian leader at a joint press briefing on May 24.
The Prime Ministers met in Sydney to discuss a number of issues, ranging from trade agreements to new areas of cooperation, such as critical minerals and renewable energy. The leaders have also spoken about the Migration and Mobility Partnership Agreement, which is aimed at boosting the exchange of students, graduates, researchers and businesspeople, and expanding people-to-people ties between the two nations. Their meeting also saw the signing of Terms of Reference for a Green Hydrogen Taskforce, which will include experts in renewable hydrogen and report to the ministerial energy dialogue on opportunities for cooperation in this vital area.