Australian prime minister cancels visit to India due to forest fires in his country

NEW DELHI: Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison He suspended his four-day visit to India since January 13 due to devastating forest fires in various parts of his country, diplomatic sources said on Friday.

Morrison was scheduled to hold extensive bilateral talks with the prime minister Narendra Modi during the visit.

The Australian Prime Minister also planned to deliver the keynote address in the Raisina Dialogue, the series of annual flagship conferences organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Besides Delhi, Morrison also planned to visit Mumbai and Bengaluru. Prime Minister Scott Morrison has called off his visit to India due to the serious situation arising out of bush fires in several parts of, a diplomatic source told PTI.

Bush fires have swept the states of New south Wales and Victoria, killing at least 20 people and destroying about 500 houses.

Some 4,000 people, including almost 3,000 tourists, were stranded in the Mallacoota region of Victoria, as they were forced to take refuge on the beach when the fire approached on New Year's Eve.