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Australia visit will be special, historic: Modi


New Delhi, Nov 6:

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Thursday that his visit to Australia this month would be both “special and historic”.

Modi addressing students at Sacred Heart universityThe prime minister is travelling to Australia to attend the G-20 Summit, which Modi tweeted “is a great platform to showcase opportunities India has to offer to the world”.

“I look forward to working with G-20 leaders on important issues concerning the world, particularly those relating to the global economy.”

Modi said his Australia visit “is both special and historic” and that it would be the first bilateral visit to Australia by an Indian prime minister in 28 years.

“In Australia, I will meet the country’s top leadership and am honoured to have been given an opportunity to address the Australian parliament.

“I am also eagerly looking forward to interacting with the Indian community in Australia.”

Modi also said he was happy he would be hosted by his Australian counterpart at the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG).

“Cricket is a shared passion of Australia and India,” Modi said in a tweet. “I thank PM Tony Abbott for hosting me at the iconic … ground.”