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Australian PM to host a grand reception for Narendra Modi at MCG on Nov 18

India TV News Desk 07 Nov 2014, 9:40:56 AM IST
India TV News Desk

New Delhi: In a rare display of warmth for Indian Prime Minister, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott is going to host a grand reception for Narendra Modi at the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on November 18.

The reception will be held just after the G-20 summit in Brisbane.

The Melbourne Cricket Ground can house over a lakh people but only a select audience, around 400 to 500 in number, consisting of prominent Australian politicians, Indians and cricket stars have been invited to this reception.

“Cricket is a shared passion of Australia and India. I thank PM @ TonyAbbottMHR for hosting me at the iconic Melbourne Crickett Ground,” said Modi on Twitter.

It's the first bilateral visit of Modi to Australia by an Indian PM in 28 years.

A reception is also being hosted for Modi at Sydney Olympic Park on November 17. Modi will also be addressing the Australian Parliament in Canberra.