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India and Australia on Thursday signed an agreement to use each other’s military bases for logistics support, besides inking six other pacts to strengthen their friendship.

As per reports, the Mutual Logistics Support Agreement (MLSA) will allow militaries of the two countries to use each other’s bases for repair and replenishment of supplies besides strengthening their joint military cooperative exercises.

During a virtual meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Australian counterpart Scott Morrison, the other important agreements that were signed includes those in areas of cyber and cyber-enabled critical technology, mining and minerals, military technology, vocational education and water resources management.

The two leaders also talked about tackling maritime security challenges in the Indo-Pacific region besides ways of dealing with the coronavirus pandemic.

“India is committed to expanding its relations with Australia on a wider and faster pace,” said Modi.

“This is important not only for our two countries but also for the Indo-Pacific region and the world,” he added.

In his opening remarks, the Prime Minister said he believed that it is the “perfect time and perfect opportunity” to further strengthen the relationship between India and Australia.

“India-Australia relations have deepened. And this depth comes from our shared values, shared interests, shared geography and shared objectives…How our relations become a ”factor of stability” for our region and for the world, how we work together for global good, all these aspects need to be considered,” he added.

Referring to the virtual summit, the Prime Minister termed it “a new model of India-Australia partnership, a new model of conducting business”.

Modi described his talks with Morrison as “an outstanding discussion”, covering the entire expanse of ties between the two strategic partners.

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