Modi welcomes Australia to Intenational Solar Alliance

Roy Morgon research in October last year found Ms Bishop was the preferred coalition leader over the Prime Minister 34 to 25 per cent

Calling on "all claimants" to resolve the Doklam standoff between Indian and Chinese troops in Bhutanese territory, Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said the ongoing tension was the "subject of discussion" during her meetings with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Defence Minister Arun Jaitley on Tuesday. Julie Bishop, who is on a two-day visit, held talks with PM Modi on various issues.

The ISA initiative was launched at the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris on 30 November 2015 by Prime Minister Modi and former French President Francois Hollande.

She said that Australia is the second most popular destination for worldwide students and 70,000 Indian students enrolled to study in Australian universities previous year.

The two countries will also ink the International Solar Alliance Framework Agreement in the presence of Bishop and Swaraj, sources said.

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In a statement, Australian High Commissioner Harinder Sidhu said her country was committed to explore ways to further expand bilateral engagement with India.

"We will discuss our shared interests in a stable Indo- Pacific, our deepening defence and security relationship, and how we can boost trade and economic ties", she had said.

"Our countries have a dynamic and growing knowledge partnership, flourishing people-to-people links and converging political, economic and strategic interests".

"It is important that all states respect worldwide laws including the United Nation's Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) using it as a guide to resolve disputes", she said while delivering the Second Indo-Pacific Oration, organised by think-tank ORF and the Australian High Commission.

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