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PM Modi speaks to new Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today spoke to new Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull and congratulated him on his appointment to the top post."Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and I spoke a short while ago. I
PTI September 17, 2015 22:33 IST
PTI

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today spoke to new Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull and congratulated him on his appointment to the top post.

"Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and I spoke a short while ago. I congratulated him and conveyed best wishes," Modi said.

He said that he also thanked Turnbull for his birthday greetings to him.

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Modi said he also spoke to outgoing Prime Minister Tony Abbott and appreciated his efforts in improving ties between India and Australia.

60-year-old Turnbull was made the Prime Minister after a hastily-arranged party leadership ballot on Monday night gave him 54 votes against 44 for incumbent Abbott.

Turnbull's victory is reminiscent of the coup Julia Gillard staged against the then Prime Minister Kevin Rudd in 2010 to get the top post.