High Commissioner Barry O’ Farrell AO of Australia accompanied by Ms. Sarah Roberts calls on Foc-in-C, Western Naval Command Vice Adm Ajit Kumar
India, Tuesday, 24 November 2020:
H.E. Barry O’ Farrell AO, High Commissioner of Australia, accompanied by Ms. Sarah Roberts, acting Consul General, Consulate of Australia, Mumbai and a three member delegation called on Vice Adm Ajit Kumar, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Naval Command on 23 Nov 20. The High Commissioner interacted with the Admiral and exchanged views on various issues of common interest such as Bilateral Cooperation in Defence and Security, Strategic Partnership and shared maritime interests as Indian Ocean littoral States. The High Commissioner also visited the Aircraft Carrier Dock at the Western Naval Command.
The High Commissioner's visit was significant as it coincided with the recently concluded Quad exercise MALABAR 2020 in which India, Australia, Japan and the U.S. participated. HMAS Ballarat, a frigate of Royal Australian Navy represented Australia in both the phases of Malabar 20 and had spent some time at Goa port for its operational turnaround from 10 - 13 Nov 20.
The current visit by the High Commissioner is in accordance with the good relations enjoyed by both the Commonwealth nations and is expected to further strengthen the existing bonds between both the navies.
High Commissioner Barry O’ Farrell AO shared in Twitter "#Judaism has a rich history in 🇮🇳 dating back 2000 years to when the Cochin Jews first arrived in #Kerala. It was an honour to visit the Keneseth Eliyahoo Synagogue to witness historic Indian Jewish traditions & see how the community is assisting during COVID-19."
Earlier he shared "#Education, research and skills have been pillars of the 🇦🇺🇮🇳 relationship. I appreciated the insights from leading education institutions based in #Mumbai while advancing innovative ed-tech ideas for our two nations. Australia & India are proud, resilient & diverse democracies. Held productive discussions on #Maharashtra, federalism, & agriculture with President of @NCPspeaks, three-time Chief Minister, & former Flag of India Minister of Agriculture and Defence, @pawarspeaks. #Democracy #Dosti"
President of Nationalist Congress Party Sharad Pawar mentioned "Received a courtesy call from Hon'ble Berry O'Farrell AO, Australia's High Commissioner to India. I expressed my congratulations to Mr. O'Farrell on his appointment to this esteemed post."