PM Modi and Albanese Rename Sydney Suburb as 'Little India' in Spectacular Australian Event
Updated: May 24
Date: May 23, 2023
In a significant development during his visit to Australia, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the opening of a new Indian consulate in Brisbane. The announcement was made during a mega community event at the Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney Olympic Park, where PM Modi and his Australian counterpart Anthony Albanese unveiled the renaming of a Sydney suburb as 'Little India'.
Addressing the gathering, PM Modi emphasized India's role as a "force of global good" and expressed India's readiness to extend assistance during times of disaster. He highlighted India's democratic values and its status as a bright spot in the global economy.
Prime Minister Modi's visit to Australia marked the final leg of his three-nation tour, following his visit to Papua New Guinea. This visit, his second to Australia as Prime Minister, was met with a warm reception, drawing comparisons to legendary musician Bruce Springsteen's welcome.
PM Modi's arrival in Sydney was accompanied by discussions on strengthening bilateral defense and security ties, given the growing influence of China in the Indo-Pacific region. Australian Prime Minister Albanese expressed his honor in hosting PM Modi, reflecting on the warm welcome he received during his own visit to India earlier in the year.
The announcement of a new consulate in Brisbane reflects the commitment to expanding and deepening the bilateral relations between India and Australia. It is expected to enhance diplomatic and economic ties between the two nations, facilitating increased cooperation in various sectors.
The visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Australia underscores the importance both countries place on their strategic partnership and the desire to foster closer ties in the years to come.