PM Modi in Sydney: India-Australia ties went way beyond 3C, 3D, 3E | News from India

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister narendra Modi said the ties between India and Australia they are defined by mutual trust and respect as they address a mega diaspora event in Sydney on Tuesday.
With chants of ‘Modi, Modi’ filling the air inside Sydney’s Qudos Bank Arena, the PM hailed the growing ties between the two countries, saying it was the Indian diaspora that helped bring the relationship to another level.
Speaking at the event after receiving a warm welcome, Prime Minister Modi said India’s report is often characterized by the ‘3Cs’, ‘3Ds’ and ‘3Es’, adding that it has now gone far beyond those labels.
“Earlier, it was said that the relationship between India and Australia is defined by 3Cs – ‘Commonwealth, Cricket and Curry’. Then it was said that our relationship is defined by ‘Democracy, Diaspora and Dosti’. Some people also said said our relationship hinges on ‘Energy, economy and education.’ But I believe the relationship between India and Australia is beyond that, it is mutual trust and mutual respect,” the prime minister said.
The Prime Minister said that despite vastly different lifestyles, both India and Australia have found areas of common interest to deepen their significant bond.
“Our lifestyles may be different but now yoga also connects us. We have been connected because of cricket for a long time. But now tennis and movies are also connecting us. We may prepare food in different ways but Masterchef it’s connecting us now,” he said. .
The prime minister particularly praised the growing cricket ties between the two nations and stressed that millions of Indians were saddened when Australian spin legend Shane Warne died.
The Prime Minister said it was an “absolute pleasure” to address the Indian community in Australia, hailing them for helping to deepen ties with the country.
“Mutual trust and mutual respect hasn’t developed just because of diplomatic relations between India and Australia. The real reason, the real power is – all you Indians living in Australia,” he said.
The Prime Minister also told the thousands in attendance to bring his Australian counterpart Anthony Albanese to Harris Park to try the Indian delicacies.
“I heard Chatkazz ‘Chaat’ and ‘Jalebi’ from Jaipur Sweets at Harris Park are very delicious. I want you all to take my Australian friend PM Albanese to that place,” he said.
During the event, the Prime Minister also announced that a new Indian consulate in Brisbane will soon be established.
Concluding his speech, the Prime Minister urged the Indian community to bring along an Australian citizen on their next visit to the country to further strengthen the bond between the two countries.
‘Prime Minister Modi is the boss’
Earlier, while welcoming PM Modi to the event, Albanese marveled at the huge popularity the Indian leader enjoys.
“The last time I saw anyone on this stage it was Bruce Springsteen and he didn’t get the reception that Prime Minister Modi had. Prime Minister Modi is the boss,” Albanese said.
He also hugged Prime Minister Modi when the latter arrived to address the public before introducing him as someone who “gets a rock star welcome wherever he goes”.
(With contributions from agencies)


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