Prime Minister Narendra Modi became the first Indian Prime Minister to visit Australia in 28 years in a clear show of his vision for India's foreign relations, and is set to engage with all the major world leaders on a single stage for the first time.

Modi has already built great rapport with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, during his visit to the country and US President Barack Obama, who called him a "man of action" during their interaction in Myanmar. He is also pushing for stronger ties with Australia with which it had signed a crucial civil nuclear deal a few months ago.

But before that meeting happens, Modi has already begun his power push with the United Kingdom and the European Union on the first day of his arrival in Brisbane.

Modi met UK Prime Minister David Cameron for the first time ahead of the summit and during their meeting on Friday, the latter said, "Relations with India are at the top of the priorities of UK's foreign policy. Yours is a very inspiring vision, UK wants to partner in any way we can," he said. 

Modi also seemed to have made crucial inroads with the European Union, as he pushed it to "take advantage of the new economic environment in India."

"The EU is keen to re-engage with India in all areas, especially trade," the European Union President Herman Von Rompuy told Modi. 

Modi also met Abe, with the latter inviting the Indian Prime Minister for a special dinner on Friday. External Affairs Minister Syed Akbaruddin said "strengthening of economic ties" and "exchange of views" was on the agenda of the meeting.

This visit will also mark Modi's first G20 Summit after coming to power, and the 20 nations that will be represented at the summit will constitute 85% of the GDP, 80% of world trade and two-thirds of the world population.

More importantly, Modi is also said to have the maximum number of bilateral meetings on the sidelines, more than any other world leader, and he will meet the heads of Germany, France, and a host of other countries.

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    UK Prime Minister David Cameron with Indian counterpart Narendra Modi in Brisbane.MEA Spokesperson Twitter Account
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    Modi with EU President Herman Von Rompuy.MEA Spokesperson Twitter Account
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    EU should take advantage of the new economic environment in India, PM Narendra Modi told EU President Herman Von Rompuy.MEA Spokesperson Twitter Account
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    Japanese PM Shinzo Abe with Indian counterpart Narendra Modi.MEA Spokesperson Twitter Account

The Indian PM will also have an informal interaction with Chinese President Xi Jinping during a meeting of the BRICS nations.

One of the many sectors that Modi is set to focus on are infrastructure and agriculture, Akbaruddin tweeted.

"Agriculture in focus. PM @narendramodi 1st engagement in Brisbane focused on projects of bio- fuels, bio-fortification & agro-robotics," he tweeted.

He is also expected to push for next generation infrastructure, which also include digital segment, and ensure access to clean and affordable energy.

At the G20 Summit, Modi is expected to speak about the issue of 'jobless growth' and will also seek international cooperation on the issue of black money.

"A key issue for me would be to highlight the importance of international cooperation against black money," Modi said in a pre-departure statement.

He will meet Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott after the summit, and the latter has planned a grand reception for the Indian Prime Minister at the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground.

There are also five MoUs that are likely to be signed in the areas of social security, transfer of sentenced prisoners, counter-narcotics, culture and tourism.

It will be after decades that an Indian leader will engage deeply with Australia.

"While we have much in common with Australia, our political, strategic and economic relations have been below potential. A closer strategic partnership with Australia will support India's economic goals; promote our security interests, including maritime security; and, reinforce our efforts to foster a climate of peace and stability in our extended continental and maritime neighbourhood," Press Trust of India quoted Modi as saying.