The Prime Minister of
Australia Ms. Julia Gillard called on the President Shri Pranab
Mukherjee this morning and held wide ranging discussions on bilateral
and multilateral issues. The discussions covered issues relating to
trade and investment, energy, supply of resources for India’s economic
development, education, and people to people contacts. The two leaders
also discussed cooperation in multilateral forums such as G-20 whose
summit Australia will host in 2014.
The President congratulated the Prime Minister on the launch of Oz fest
in India and described it as a good initiative. He said India is
committed to strengthen its strategic partnership with Australia. The
President expressed appreciation for Australia’s support for India’s
candidature in an expanded United Nations Security Council and said the
two countries should work together in reforming the international
financial architecture and equipping institutions like the World Bank
with the resources they need.
The Australian Prime Minister informed the President that she was
gifting two saplings of Wollemi Pine for the Rashtrapati Bhavan. This
tree was discovered in Australia in 1994 and its origins date back to
time when the Dinosaurs roamed the earth. She expressed the hope they
will flourish in the Rashtrapati Bhavan.