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PM Modi flags temple attacks in bilateral talks with PM Albanese

They discussed cooperation in areas of trade & investment, defence and security, renewable energy, green hydrogen, critical minerals, education, migration and mobility, and people to people ties.

Bilateral meeting between Prime Minister of India and Australian counterpart Anthony Albanese. Image - Twitter/ MEA

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on May 24, raised with his Australian counterpart Anthony Albanese India’s concerns over the recent attacks on Hindu temples in Australia and the activities of pro-Khalistani elements. In the bilateral meeting at Admiralty House in Sydney, Australia,the two leaders also discussed cooperation in diverse sectors including defence and security, trade and investment.

In the joint press briefing with the Australian PM, PM Modi said, “PM Albanese and I have in the past discussed the issue of attacks on temples in Australia and activities of separatist elements. We discussed the matter today also.It is not acceptable to us that anyone hurts the friendly and cordial ties between India and Australia by their actions or ideology.”

Thanking the Australian PM for taking action against such attacks, Modi said, “Prime Minister Albanese assured me once again today that he will take strict action against such elements in the future also.”

During the meeting,the leaders welcomed the signing of the India-Australia Migration and Mobility Partnership Arrangement (MMPA), which will further facilitate the mobility of students, professionals, researchers, academics and others, including through a new skilled pathway named MATES (Mobility Arrangement for Talented Early Professionals Scheme) specifically created for India, the Ministry of External Affairs of India (MEA) said in a statement.

They also welcomed the finalization of the Terms of Reference of the India-Australia Hydrogen Task Force. India announced the establishment of a Consulate General of India in Brisbane while Australia reciprocated with its intent to establish a new Consulate General in Bengaluru.

The two leaders reiterated their determination to ensure a peaceful, prosperous and inclusive Indo-Pacific region, underpinned by a rules-based international order and both discussed reform of the UN Security Council, according to a MEA statement.