Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull begins an official visit to India starting on Monday, aimed at shoring up ties with Asia’s third largest economy that Australian officials say is a foreign policy priority for their country.
Turnbull who arrived in New Delhi on Sunday is on his first visit to India after taking over from Tony Abbott in September 2015. During his first year in office, Turnbull focused on improving ties with countries in the immediate neighbourhood with visits to Indonesia and major trade partner China. This is a far cry from the tempo of India-Australia ties set by Abbott, who visited India in September 2014—just months after Narendra Modi took office—and the Indian Prime Minister returning the visit in November 2014.
Modi and Turnbull met bilaterally on the sidelines of a G20 meeting in China last year. This time around, the two leaders could exchange notes on the new Trump administration in the US and its strategic and economic implications for the Asia-Pacific region.
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