After a series of frosty encounters at the G20 summit in Rome, Scott Morrison has finally found a mate at Cop26.
Scott Morrison has been thanked for being a “dear friend” to India on the sidelines of the Cop26 climate summit in Glasgow.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday morning took to Twitter to declare there is never “a dull moment” when he’s with his friend Mr Morrison.
It came just hours after he praised the Australian medical regulator’s decision to recognise India’s locally produced Covid-19 vaccine Covaxin.
Mr Morrison later tweeted it was “wonderful” to see his friend at Cop26.
As the G20 leaders’ summit kicked off last week, Australia and India were joined only by China to resist a global bid to phase out coal-fired power and mining.
In his address to the Cop26 summit, Mr Modi committed to reaching carbon neutrality by 2070 – two decades later than the rest of the world.
The announcement falls short of a key goal of the climate summit, which is for nations to agree to net zero carbon emissions by 2050.
India is the world’s fourth biggest emitter of carbon dioxide after China, the US and the EU.
It is the fifth largest export market for Australian coal, and imports into the country have risen off the back of Australian trade woes with China.
Mr Modi also promised his nation would transition to generating 50 per cent of its energy from renewables by 2030.
The Indian leader made the most of his time at the UN leaders’ summit, whizzing around to meet with several of his international counterparts.
Earlier, the Indian Prime Minister was pictured with UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Prince Charles.
He thanked the royal for his commitment to sustainable development and climate change.
Originally published as Scott Morrison meets with ‘dear friend’ Narendra Modi at Cop26