New Delhi: Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull’s first bilateral visit to India has captivated everyone’s eye, not for the trade reason but the way both Prime Ministers enjoyed each other’s company. Turnbull took a selfie with Narendra Modi in the Delhi Metro on Monday, after which the two visited Akshardham temple in Delhi and posed happily with garlands. However, the main purpose of the visit is bilateral trade deal on which the two agreed for a new beginning. “We had a very good discussion about the Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement (CECA), and I think it’s fair to say that progress has not been as fast as either of us would like it to be,” Mr Turnbull told in a joint news conference.
Earlier on Monday, Turnbull was accorded a ceremonial welcome at Rashtrapati Bhavan.
“A partnership for prosperity. PM @narendramodi and PM @TurnbuillMalcolm lead delegation level talks in Hyderbad House,” External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Gopal Baglay tweeted.
The Autralian Prime Minister arrived on Sunday on a four-day state visit to India and a number of agreements are expected to be signed following Bilateral talks. “Prime Minister Modi is leading this most remarkable nation on a extraordinary journey of growth and development,” he said.
“The achievements of India are the admiration of the world,” Turnbull said, adding further, “We in Australia look forward to working even more closely than we have done in the past.”