Nov. 23, 2018
President Ram Nath Kovind of India, center, with Prime Minister Scott Morrison of Australia, right, unveiled a statue of Mahatma Gandhi in Sydney on Thursday.Mark Metcalfe/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images
SYDNEY, Australia — India’s president, Ram Nath Kovind, on Friday began wrapping up his visit to Australia after several days of meetings as the two countries move to tighten their economic and political bonds at a time of worsening tensions between China and the United States.
The visit came four months after the quiet release of a 500-page report by Australia’s former top diplomat, Peter Varghese, on the need to enhance the country’s economic and security ties with India over the coming years.
Australia’s prime minister, Scott Morrison, endorsed that report on Thursday, calling it “a road map for our economic future with India.” He and other officials said the Australian government had agreed to work on strengthening ties between the two countries’ education, resources, agribusiness and tourism sectors.
“The relationship is on an upward trajectory and this visit is likely to give it positive momentum,” said Ajay Gondane, India’s high commissioner to Australia.