New Delhi, May 24 -- The deepening ties between India and Australia are rooted in "mutual trust and mutual respect" and the two sides are focused on enhancing connectivity and trade, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said at a diaspora event in Sydney that he addressed alongside his Australian counterpart Anthony Albanese.

Speaking to chanting supporters at the 21,000-capacity Qudos Bank Arena, Modi highlighted the role played by the 750,000-strong Indian Australian community in strengthening relations in diverse fields. As a result, he said, India-Australia relations have gone beyond the time they were defined by "three Cs" - Commonwealth, cricket and curry; "three Ds" - democracy, diaspora and dosti; and "three Es" - energy, economy and edu...