Australian PM Scott Morrison defers trip to India, Japan amid bushfire emergency

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has deferred his visit to India and Japan which was scheduled in January as he battles a bushfire emergency at home.

This would have been Scott Morrison’s first visit to India after taking charge as the Australian Prime Minister.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had extended an invitation to Morrison to visit India, sources said.

On January 3, during a telephonic conversation with PM Scott Morrison, PM Modi conveyed his heartfelt condolences on behalf of all Indians and on his own behalf on the damage to life and property in Australia due to severe and prolonged bushfires. He also offered India’s unstinted support to Australia and the Australian people, who are bravely facing this unprecedented natural calamity, the statement said.

Expressing his satisfaction at the progress in bilateral relations in recent years, Prime Minister Modi reiterated India’s commitment to strengthen its strategic partnership with Australia. He stated that to this end, he looked forward to welcoming the Prime Minister of Australia in India on a State Visit at a mutually convenient time later in the year, it said.

Prime Minister Modi conveyed his best wishes to Prime Minister Morrison and the people of Australia for the rest of the year 2020.