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Eleena Tovar | 12 Abril, 2017, 13:43

India and Australia on Monday committed themselves to deepen the bilateral defence and security partnership while Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that cooperation in education and research is a key aspect of the ties between the two countries.

Earlier, India and Australia inked six agreements in areas including combating terrorism, civil aviation security, sports, health and medicine and satellite navigation. "We are also aware that in this globalised world, challenges like terrorism and cybersecurity extend beyond the boundaries of our region".

Following the reception, Turnbull told the media that ties between the two countries were strong and would be "stronger because of this visit".

On the participation in the Skill India, Birmingham said: "Australian educators are well-placed to help the Indian government achieve its ambitious target of upskilling 400 million Indians by 2022 and I'm pleased that Minister Rudy has endorsed the value of Australian "train the trainer" courses being delivered by Australian providers". But India has categorically echoed Australia's concerns regarding Beijing's actions in the region even as it continues to forge trade relations with China.

"Prime Minister Modi is leading his country to new heights and we're very pleased to be here to support that and to collaborate and to co-operate to the greater benefit to both Australia and India", Turnbull said.

In return, India would like better access for its workers coming to Australia, such as concessions on 457 visas for temporary workers. Prime Minister Turnbull's visit to India is an attempt to change gears, especially in the context of China's aggressive pitch to step into the void created by the new United States administration's Americafirst withdrawal from active engagement across the Pacific.

This is Turnbull's first bilateral visit to India since assuming office in September 2015.

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The Australian PM said there was no point in setting arbitrary time frames for the agreement.

Turnbull also introduced the possibility of making progress on the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, which is a multilateral trade agreement between 10 countries, including Australia and India.

Modi and Turbull also jointly inaugurated through video-conferencing the TERI-Deakin Nanobiotechnology Centre in Gurugram, Haryana, set up by India's TERI and Australia's Deakin University. Mukherjee said "India is keen to ramp up the nuclear energy component of our total energy mix plans as part of our efforts to enhance the use of clean energy and save fossil fuels".