India and Australia sign deal to use each others' Military bases, total 7 MoUs signed

During the first virtual bilateral summit held between Indian Prime Minister Modi & counterpart Scott Morrison several MoUs have been signed including of Mutual Logistics Support Agreement. On Thursday both the leaders interacted with each other through online virtual conference, first of its kind. Signing the Logistics agreement both the countries to grant access to each other’s military bases in order to facilitate mutual defence exchanges and exercises. PM Modi & Australian leader also issued joint declaration on a shared vision for maritime cooperation in the indo-pacific region.

India and Australia jointly decide to explore the possibility of launching the Indian RuPay Card in Australia. Framework arrangement on Cyber & Cyber enabled Critical Technological Cooperation and also the joint statement on Comprehensive Strategic Partnership between India and Australia signed during virtual summit.

Prime Minister also thanked the Autralian counterpart for taking care of the Indian community and the Indian students during the Covid19 pandemic. During the virtual summit, Modi also said that the 'COVID19 crisis as an opportunity' to implement 'comprehensive reforms.

Here is the list of Seven Signed MoUs b/w India and Australia

Seven MoUs signed- 1) Framework Arrangement on Cyber and Cybeo-Enabled Critical Technology Cooperation (signed) 

4) MOU on cooperation in the field of mining and processing of Critical a. Strategic minerals (sign.) 

5) Arrangement concerning Mutual Logistics Support (MLSA) (signed) 

6) Implementing Arrangement concerning cooperation in Defence Science and Technology to the MoU on Defence Cooperation (signed) 

7) Memorandum of Understanding on Co-operation in the held of Public Administration and Governance Reform (signed) 

8) Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation in Vocational Education and Training (signed)

9) Memorandum of Understanding on Water Resources Management (signed)

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Two Joint Declarations- During the virtual summit, PM Modi and Australian PM Morrison issued two joint statements and declarations.

1) Statement on a Comprehensive Strategic Partnership between Republic of India and Australia (Announced) 

2)  Declaration on a Shared Vision for Maritime Cooperation in the Inclo- Pacific (Announced) 

On Thursday PM Modi hailing the partnership between India and Australia stressed on mutual cooperation among both the countries in post-Covid era. Embracing the praise from Australian PM Morrison over India’s fight against Coronavirus, PM Modi said “India is committed to strengthening its relations with Australia, it is not only important for our two nations but also for the Indo-Pacific region and the whole world”. During the interaction Australian PM lauds India's leadership on taking chair at WHO Executive Board recently.

Earlier this year PM Morrison was forced to cancel a visit to India in January due to the bushfires crisis at home, and with the ongoing pandemic the two leaders decided to hold a virtual Summit.