Australia, India sign migration pact amid Modi’s visit

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi (right) speaks with Australia's Prime Minister Anthony Albanese as they stand in front of the Sydney Opera House at Admiralty House in Sydney on May 24, 2023. (PHOTO / AFP)

CANBERRA – The prime ministers of Australia and India have signed a deal to boost mobility between the two countries.

Anthony Albanese and Narendra Modi, visiting Australia from Monday to Wednesday, met for official talks in Sydney on Wednesday where the pair were committed to strengthening the relationship on trade, renewable energy and migration.

Following the meeting, they announced the finalization of the Australia-India Migration and Mobility Partnership Arrangement.

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The deal will promote the movement of students, graduates, researchers and business people between the countries while also boosting cooperation between law enforcement authorities on preventing human trafficking.

The leaders discussed the strength of bilateral trade, investment and business relationship and reiterated their shared ambition for an early conclusion of the Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement.

They also agreed on the terms of reference for a new Australia-India green hydrogen taskforce that will expand cooperation on the global clean energy transition.

Modi last visited Australia in 2014.