Australia PM inclined to cancel India trip due to bushfire crisis

Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison attempts to shake a resident's hand during a visit to the bushfire-stricken town of Cobargo, Australia, January 2, 2020 in this still image taken from video. Video taken January 2, 2020. Nine Network/via REUTERS TV

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Friday said he was inclined to cancel an official trip to India planned for this month in order to deal with a bushfire crisis ravaging parts of his country.

Asked by reporters if it was appropriate to leave Australia given the situation, Morrison said he was “inclined not to proceed” with the visit.

Morrison was due to visit India from Jan 13 to 16 at the invitation of Prime Minister Modi.

He was also due to visit Japan from January 16 to 17, but did not mention his intentions on that on Friday.

Reporting by Wayne Cole; Editing by Shri Navaratnam