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Scott Morrison arranges online summit with India's Narendra Modi

Scott Morrison said he would like to share his vegetable samosa meal with Narendra Modi. Source: ScottMorrisonMP/Twitter

Defence, trade and education are topics on the agenda when Australia's prime minister hosts an online summit with India's leader this week.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison will be holding a a "Virtual Summit" with his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi on Thursday.

Mr Morrison said he wanted to discuss the countries' responses to the COVID-19 pandemic.

"As like-minded democracies and natural strategic partners, Australia and India are in full agreement that our strong bilateral relationship is key to a more open, prosperous and inclusive Indo-Pacific," Mr Morrison said in a statement on Sunday.

"Prime Minister Modi and I will also discuss new opportunities in defence, trade, maritime safety and security, science and technology, and education."

Mr Morrison posted a message on Twitter saying he looked forward to the meeting, but was disappointed he would not be able to share a meal with Mr Modi.

Mr Modi replied that he too shared the disappointment of not being able to share a meal together. 

"Once we achieve a decisive victory against COVID-19, we will enjoy the Samosas together," he said.

Additional reporting: AAP

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