Former Australian PM Hails Modi, Says 'India's Voice Heard Globally Under His Leadership'

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Former Australian PM Tony Abbott hails PM Modi, says 'India’s voice is being heard by the whole world under his leadership.' He backs India's decision on RCEP.

Written By Rishabh Mishra | Mumbai | Updated On:
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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.  

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Tony Abbott backs India’s decision on RCEP 

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.

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India opts out of RCEP agreement 

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. 

(With ANI Inputs)

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