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Australia shows commitment to ties with India: Envoy

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Following the Australian governments decision to open a new in and extend the Australia-Strategic Research Fund (AISRF), Australian said on Wednesday that this shows her country's commitment to expand ties with

Welcoming the announcements that were part of the Asutralian national budget presented on Tuesday, Sidhu said in a statement that this will "cement Australia's commitment to as a first tier partnership".

"The opening of the in will take the total number of Australia's diplomatic posts in India to four, in addition to the and in and Chennai," she said.

"The in will strengthen bilateral trade and investment, particularly in the and resources sectors. We look forward to strengthening our engagement with and surrounding states."

was also committed to continuing the successful AISRF, under new measures providing A$20 million over the next four years to enhance Australian innovation in under the existing Global Innovation Strategy of the National Innovation and Science Agenda.

"India has, and continues to be, an important partner to in innovation and science," Sidhu said.

"The AISRF is Australia's largest fund dedicated to bilateral research and is at the cornerstone of our scientific partnership."

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First Published: Wed, May 09 2018. 17:16 IST
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