Visit of Australian Foreign Minister to India

IAS Prelims 2023

Ms. Julie Bishop, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Australia visited India on 18 to 19 July, 2017. The highlight of the visit was that Australia joined the International Solar Alliance (ISA) as its 35th member.

She called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who welcomed Australia’s participation in ISA.

PM and FM Bishop discussed a range of regional and global issues of mutual interest.

Ms Bishop also called on Finance and Defence Minister Shri Arun Jaitley to discuss a range of issues of cooperation.

External Affairs Minister Smt. Sushma Swaraj and FM Bishop co-Chaired the 11th India Australia Foreign Ministers Framework Dialogue (FMFD), which is the main institutional bilateral mechanism between the two countries.

During the Dialogue, cooperation in bilateral and multilateral issues of common interest including defence, security, counter-terrorism, trade and investment, education and consular matters were reviewed.

Both sides reiterated their desire and determination to work together for a rules-based system, to maintain peace, stability, growth and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific, including safety and freedom of navigation, overflight and unimpeded commerce, based on principles of international law, notably UNCLOS.

FM Bishop had fruitful interactions with Australian investors, members of the Indian business community as well as its development partners. She also interacted with the students of Shiv Nadar School.