Tony Abbott India tour:
Australia’s former Prime Minister Tony Abbott is set to visit India this month considering the economic and trade relationships under the Comprehensive Strategic Partnership (CSP), during which he is likely to meet several ministers and business leaders.
As reported by the Guardian, the Australian Government will spend around $19,000 to send Tony Abbott to India. While the Trade Minister of Australia, Dan Tehan stated that the government would “partly support” Tony’s tour to India during early August with an aim “to progress our significant economic and trade relationship”. While Abbott would not be paid for the work.
While a Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) spokesperson confirmed other details about Abbott’s trip to India, stating that it would be a five days trip, and Abbott will fly through commercial flights.
Adding further, the spokesperson told that Abbott is said to have formed a working relationship with PM Narendra Modi before being ousted from the top job by Malcolm Turnbull in the year 2015.
However, despite Abbott’s goal of speedily negotiating a free trade agreement between the two countries never became fruitful.
Previously, PM Modi and Scott Morrison had signed seven agreements including defense and mining being one of those between India and Australia, over a virtual meet. Moreover, the two nations decided to expand defense cooperation by improving the scope of military exercises and engagement activities to build new ways to address shared scrutiny issues.