Albanese and Modi Strengthen Australian-Indian Partnership with New Agreement

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In a historic meeting held in Sydney, Prime Minister Anthony Albanese of Australia and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi have pledged to take the Australian-Indian partnership to new heights over the next decade.

The leaders agreed to facilitate the mobility of professionals and business people between the two countries. They also discussed plans for a green hydrogen industry, aligning with their commitment to decarbonisation.

Prime Minister Modi expressed India’s willingness to collaborate with Australia in the mining and critical minerals sector to break China’s dominance in the global rare earth market.

“In my meeting with Prime Minister Albanese today, we discussed taking the strategic partnership to greater heights in the next decade,” Mr Modi said.

Under the agreement, a pilot program called the Mobility Arrangement for Talented Early Professionals Scheme (MATES) will allow 3,000 of India’s top graduates and early career professionals to work and stay in Australia for up to two years.

Unlike skilled visas, this program does not require employer sponsorship. After two years, participants can apply for temporary or permanent skilled workers’ visas to extend their stay. The agreement also grants unlimited work rights to spouses of program participants.

During the meeting, Prime Minister Modi raised concerns about graffiti attacks on Hindu temples in Australia by Khalistan-supporting Sikh separatists. Prime Minister Albanese assured him of taking decisive actions to safeguard the friendly relations without providing details.

As Prime Minister Modi concluded his visit, he engaged with representatives from major Australian companies and industry associations, encouraging increased investment in India’s rapidly growing economy

“Prime Minister Modi’s visit presents us with a significant opportunity to build on these ties for the mutual benefit of both nations,” Commonwealth Bank chief Matt Comyn said.

The visa agreement and joint sustainable development efforts position Australia and India to enhance their economic and strategic collaboration, further strengthening their mutually beneficial partnership.

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