The former Prime Minister of Australia,Tony Abbott, during his visit to India, on Monday said that India’s voice is being heard by the whole world under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He also supported India’s claim to be a part of the United Nations Security Council and said that India has the required military strength and economic potential to be a part of the coveted organization.The Former Australian PM also said that India has been introspective in its approach over the years and did not take stand outside the subcontinent.
Former Australian PM Tony Abbot: I think it is a long time since India has been effective at world stage as it is currently under Prime Minister Modi. I think for a long time India was fairly introspective. 1/2 pic.twitter.com/OY0RPPuxE9— ANI (@ANI) November 19, 2019
Former Australian PM Tony Abbot: If there is one country which by its military strength and it's size and economic potential.. one country that has a claim on the United Nations Security Council, that is India pic.twitter.com/7bfkUm1Hcv— ANI (@ANI) November 18, 2019
Former Australian PM Tony Abbot: Yes, it was colossus of subcontinent, but beyond it’s own region, India tended to take a pretty low key approach to things. I think in an uplifting, decent and humane way, PM Modi is making India’s voice much more widely felt around the world. pic.twitter.com/9MpDcNUiyn— ANI (@ANI) November 19, 2019
Tony Abbott on India’s decision to opt out of RCEP said, "India is entitled to act in accordance with its values and interests." He further added that he is not critical of India's move and that he supports free trade. The former Australian Prime Minister added that he hopes that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Australian counterpart Scott Morrison will kick start Australia-India free trade agreement in February next year.
In a major decision reflecting India's 'Nation First' policy, India on November 4 refused to join the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP). The Centre released an informal press note sharing details on how the move will affect India's farmers, MSMEs, and dairy sector. India believes its decision displays its openness to global competition while boosting India’s service sector. The signing of the RCEP has been deferred to next year.