Canberra: India and Australia can play their part in expanding their bilateral security cooperation and deepening their international partnerships in the Asia-Pacific region to counter menacing challenges like the threat of terrorism, said Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday.
Addressing a joint session of the Australian Parliament here, the first by an Indian Prime Minister, Modi said that both India and Australia exist in an inter-connected world that faces "shared challenges" that "extend beyond our region."
Referring specifically to the threat of terrorism, Prime Minister Modi said, "Terrorism has become a major threat for us all. In India, we have seen its face closely for three decades. And, we see it with the clarity that comes with it. Terrorism is changing in character and expanding in its reach. Internet has made recruitment and call to violence self-generated. It also feeds off money laundering, drug trafficking and arms smuggling."
"We have to deepen our bilateral security cooperation. But, we need a comprehensive global strategy for a global problem. It will require closer security cooperation; but, even more, a policy of no distinction between terrorist groups or discrimination between nations; a resolve to isolate those who harbour terrorists, willingness to empower states that will fight them; a social movement against extremism in countries where it is most prevalent; and, every effort to delink religion and terrorism,` he added.
"We would also need to ensure that outer Space and cyber space remain instruments of connectivity and prosperity, not new frontiers of conflict. Responding to the region`s disasters, combating proliferation, acting against piracy, we can work together on a full range of security challenges," Prime Minister Modi said.
Earlier, in an opening statement at a joint press conference with Prime Minister Tony Abbott, Prime Minister Modi said that both nations were seeking early closure to a civil nuclear agreement that will give Australia a chance to participate in one of the worlds most safe and secure nuclear energy programmes.
"We have agreed on seeking early closure on the civil nuclear agreement, which will give Australia a chance to participate in one of the most secure and safe nuclear energy programme in the world," said Prime Minister Narendra Modi in an opening statement at a joint press conference with his Australian counterpart Tony Abbott here this morning.
He also expressed his deep honour at being given the opportunity to address a joint session of the Australian Parliament, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Tuesday that meetings between him and his Australian counterpart Tony Abbot at intervals over the past two-and-a-half months reflected the broad framework of the bilateral relationship.
He described the growing India-Australia partnership as a natural one in the cause of a peaceful and prosperous world, he said in an opening statement at a joint press conference here that it was one "arising from our shared values and interests, and our strategic maritime locations."