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Quad meet was cancelled, but PM Modi could still travel to Australia

According to Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, it is still feasible that his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi may go to Sydney the next week despite the Quad conference being postponed for the coming week. The US, Japan, India, and Australia’s four leaders are now likely to meet on the sidelines of the G7 meeting in Japan this weekend as a result of US President Joe Biden’s last-minute cancellation of the meeting due to the domestic debt ceiling crisis, according to the ABC News.

On May 24, the meeting was supposed to happen. This month, Modi is planned to visit Japan, Papua New Guinea, and Australia. The trip will culminate “Down Under” when he will address the diaspora. “Prime Minister Modi has a scheduled bilateral program, so I am confident he will be here. Additionally, there are events taking place, including a sizable one at Qudos Bank Arena scheduled for next Tuesday night (May 23), and we have a sizable and expanding diaspora here in Australia,” Albanese said in a statement.

The massive community celebration planned for Modi in Sydney during his visit to Australia on May 23 has already attracted more than 20,000 members of the Indian diaspora. Indians living in Australia will get the chance to visit Modi in person and hear him speak to the locals at the non-profit Indian Australian Diaspora Foundation (IADF)-organized event, “Australia Welcomes Modi.” Media sources state that Modi has been formally invited by the Parramatta Council to spend this time at Harris Park, also known as “Little India.”