AUSTRALIA – INDIA BILATERAL REMARKS ASEAN CONFERENCE

PRIME MINISTER MODI: First of all Your Excellency a very warm welcome to you. Before I start let me heartily congratulate you as Prime Minster on your new responsibilities. I am confident under your leadership that Australia will progress but also the bilateral relationship between our two countries.

Before starting, Your Excellency let me express my gratitude from the bottom of my heart to Australia and to the Australian Navy. As you know recently an Indian Naval Commander who was taking part in an international competition to solo circumnavigate the globe met with an accident and the first response was from the Australian Navy they reached him and the quick response that he got from the Australian Navy meant he was saved. I would like again to express my gratitude.

PRIME MINISTER: Thank you very much. I met the first responding crew to that incident not that long ago and they were very professional and were very happy to have provided that assistance. So thank you very much and I will pass that on.

Well Prime Minister thank you for the opportunity to host us here today and I am very much also looking forward to welcoming the President next week when he will be in Sydney and he will be hosted also by the Governor General but more importantly he will be warmly welcomed by a very enthusiastic and strong crowd of Australians of Indian descent and I’m sure quite a few Indian nationals there as well and as you know when you came to Australia you had the warmest of all possible receptions and they are still talking about it.

I was at the Deepavali festival last Sunday week and there were thousands and thousands of people out celebrating Deepavali and it was just a wonderful celebration of faith and family and that is what Australia is very much about and the Indian community in Australia is very vibrant, it is very strong as you know and is making an incredible contribution. The Indian nationals who have migrated to Australia are now the single largest group who are now migrating to Australia and they are being embraced in a very open and supportive community. They are being very very successful and we very much welcome them to becoming a much greater part of the Australia family.