Australian diaspora flies 'Welcome Modi' message for Indian PM

'Welcome Modi' spelt by a aircraft's contrails posed a mesmerising sight in the clear blue sky over Sydney ahead of the community event organised to greet Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Australia.

PM Modi arrived in Sydney on May 22 as a guest of the Australian government and the visit builds on the Australia-India Annual Leaders' Summit in New Delhi in March and discussions at the G7 Summit and Quad Leaders' meeting in Hiroshima, Japan.

The itinerary includes a community event in Sydney which will be attended by PM Modi and Australian PM Anthony Albanese. The event is to celebrate Australia's dynamic and diverse Indian diaspora, which according to the Australian government is "a core part" of its multicultural community.

"As friends and partners, the relationship between our countries has never been closer. I look forward to celebrating Australia's vibrant Indian community with Prime Minister Modi in Sydney," the Australian PM said ahead of the event to be held in Qudos Bank Arena.

Thousands of expatriate Indians have gathered at the country's largest entertainment and sporting arena in Sydney to welcome PM Modi, who is visiting the country after a gap of nine years.

'Modi Airways,' a special charted flight took off from Melbourne Tullamarine Airport full of Indians from across Australia who arrived to attend the diaspora event.

Among the passengers on the flight was 91-year-old Navamani Chandra Bose, wife of NS Chandra Bose who was the President of the Indian Medical Association from 1991 to 1992 and had served as the state President of Tamil Nadu BJP Party from 1995 to 1997.

PM Modi has met some leading industrialists of Australia and highlighted "transformative reforms and initiatives" taken by his government. He also met John Andrew Henry Forrest, executive chairman of Fortescue Future Industries, an Australia-based green energy and technology firm, Georgina Hope Rinehart, executive chairman of Hancock Prospecting, and Paul Schroder, chief executive officer, AustralianSuper.


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