Jaishankar hails Indian community’s key role in shaping positive image in Australia


External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar met with the Indian community here on Sunday and appreciated their key role in shaping the country’s positive image in Australia and the new phase of bilateral relations.

Jaishankar visited Australia from Feb. 10-13 on his first trip to the country as foreign minister. He attended the 4th Quadruple Foreign Ministers’ Meeting on Friday with the foreign ministers of Australia, Japan and the United States.

Jaishankar appreciated the role of the Indian community in shaping the positive image of India.

“It is therefore appropriate to conclude my visit to Melbourne by meeting the Indian community. Their role in shaping India’s positive image is commendable. Key partners in this new phase of our relationship,” Jaishankar tweeted.

Melbourne has a vibrant Indian community with Indian-born migrants making up 3% of the city’s total population. Since 2001, the number of Indian-born migrants in Melbourne has more than tripled.

On Saturday, India and Australia pledged to work together to build more reliable and resilient supply chains and ensure broad and inclusive growth in the strategic Indo-Pacific region.

In a joint press conference with his Australian counterpart Marise Payne after their bilateral meeting, Jaishankar said he spoke extensively with Payne on regional, multilateral and global issues, in addition to discussing developments in South Asia, Southeast Asia and in the strategically vital Indo-Pacific region. .

Jaishankar will also pay a bilateral visit to the Philippines from Sunday. This will be his first visit to the Philippines as foreign minister. He will meet with his counterpart, Teodoro L Locsin, Secretary of Foreign Affairs and will meet the political leaders of the Philippines.

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