Governor Dr Tamilisai Soundararajan and Australian High Commissioner for India Barry Robert O’ Farrel on Thursday deliberated on strengthening India-Australia relations with a special focus on Telangana State.
The Australian High Commissioner, who visited Raj Bhavan, here, has called on the Governor, who is at Raj Nivas, Puducherry, through virtual mode and interacted about trade, business, education and other issues.
The Governor during her interaction with the visiting dignitary and his delegation emphasised promoting medical tourism, educational and student exchange programmes between Australia and Telangana, and called for joint organising of cultural programmes to strengthen the bond.
She also stressed the participation of alumni professionals, who are staying in Australia and studied earlier in Telangana State, for the strengthening of universities in Telangana.
“Australia and India have strong cultural relations and they must be promoted in a big way by organising joint cultural programmes in Australia and Telangana. Students and artistes exchange programmes need to be promoted,” Dr Tamilisai Soundararajan added.
The Governor also highlighted the promotion of Pochampally sarees, Hyderabad Biryani and Telangana handicrafts during her interaction. In his interaction, Barry O’Farrel stated that the Indian Diaspora are playing a crucial role in many sectors in Australia and their contribution is worthwhile.
He said that the further strengthening of India-Australia relations was vital for the development of the two countries and emphasised the comprehensive strategic partnership.
He appreciated the Indian doctors and scientific community for their services during the Covid-19 pandemic and for their efforts in vaccine development in Australia and India. “We have a strong bond and relations and there are increased opportunities for mutual investments and for forging a stronger bond between the two nations,” he added.
The Australian High Commissioner was accompanied by the Consul General of Australia in Chennai Ms Sarah Kirlew, First Secretary Political Section Jay Sanghani and Government Relations Manager, Australian Consulate Svetha Venkatram. The delegation also extended an invitation to the Governor to visit Australia.
Regional Passport Officer Dasari Balaiah was also present, while Secretary to Governor Surendra Mohan introduced the guests and coordinated the virtual event and hosted the lunch for the delegation at the Raj Bhavan on behalf of the Governor.