Ex-Oz PM Rudd meets External Affairs Minister Khurshid

Last Updated: Tue, Dec 11, 2012 13:51 hrs

Former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd met External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid in New Delhi on Tuesday, a day after the Australia-India Roundtable increased hopes of revived relations between the countries.

Lawmakers from Australia's Labor and Liberal party's have enthusiastically endorsed burgeoning ties between Australia and India at the Australia-India Roundtable, a meeting of more than 50 parliamentarians, diplomats, government officials, academics, business figures and journalists from both the countries.

India and Australia should work towards an Indian Prime Ministerial visit to Australia and consult closely in the lead-up to the G20 summit in Brisbane in 2014, suggested the 4th Australia-India Roundtable.

The roundtable was supported by the Public Diplomacy Division of the Indian Ministry of External Affairs and the Australia-India Council, Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Rudd, also the former foreign minister of Australia, met Khurshid in the latter's office to discuss bilateral trade relations and energy cooperation between the two countries.

The roundtable noted that there are strong complementarities between Australia and India in the field of long term energy co-operation. An Australia-India energy partnership should cover the full mix of energy sources. (ANI)

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