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Covid-19 crisis: India, Australia agree on collaborating on research

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison. (REUTERS)Premium
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison. (REUTERS)

  • Modi and his Australian counterpart Scott Morrison discuss their respective strategies and agreed on the importance of bilateral experience sharing in the context of the health crisis
  • PM Modi says New Delhi was ready to facilitate and support any Australian citizens stranded in India due to travel restrictions

NEW DELHI : India and Australia on Monday agreed on the importance of bilateral experience sharing and collaborative research efforts in the context of the covid-19 pandemic during a telephone conversation between the prime ministers of the two countries.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Australian counterpart Scott Morrison also discussed their respective domestic response strategies and “agreed on the importance of bilateral experience-sharing in the context of this health crisis, including through collaborative research efforts," a statement from Modi’s office said.

Modi conveyed that India was ready facilitate and support any Australian citizens stranded in India due to travel restrictions with Morrison giving a similar assurance vis a vis India’s student community in Australia.

“Both leaders agreed to remain attentive to the wider significance of the India-Australia partnership, including in the Indo-Pacific region, even as they focus on solving the present health crisis," the statement added.

A Twitter post from Morrison said: “A warm discussion by phone today with my good friend Prime Minister @narendramodi on our responses to the #coronavirus crisis. We shared our experiences on managing the crisis and will continue to share knowledge on treatment for the virus and as we work towards a vaccine."

Another post by the Australian deputy high commissioner to India Rod Hilton said the two prime ministers “discussed the ongoing #COVID19 pandemic and the significance of the two countries working collaboratively in the #IndoPacific."

Morrison who was expected to visit India in January had to postpone his trip due to the wildfires in Australia. His rescheduled visit, expected to happen in May, may be postponed yet again given the covid-19 pandemic.

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