Australia says it's ready to supply uranium to India

Apr 13, 2017, 01:18

"I hope your visit to India is as productive as it has been for Steven Smith's batting", PM Modi said.

Ahead of his visit, Australia's High Commissioner to India Harinder Sidhu had clearly said that the Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement (CECA) will not be signed during the trip.

Australia's trade with India has doubled over the past decade to around $20 billion, Turnbull said, but added that it was a fraction of what it could and should be.

Welcoming the Australian Prime Minister to India, the President said India values its growing cooperation with Australia.

In a rare gesture, the Indian Prime Minister took his Australian counterpart for a ride in the Delhi Metro Rail and visited the Akshardham Temple along the banks of the Yamuna river.

"Our trading agreement is delivering significant benefits to our respective nations", Turnbull said.

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This was one of the six agreements, including one pertaining to "civil aviation security", which were signed in the presence of the two PMs at Hyderabad House.

Steven Smith smashed three Test centuries in the recently-concluded tour, a rare achievement for an overseas batsman in India.

Turnbull said Australia was looking forward to the first export of Australian uranium to India as soon as possible. Australia is second after the United States as the most popular foreign destination for Indians studying overseas. "India has a long history of protection, particularly for agriculture".

"He has got a massive task, a massive objective, a huge ambition to upskill the people of India and there is a big role for Australia to play in that", Turnbull told reporters in New Dehli on Monday. Both sides agreed to extend bilateral engagement to the Asia- Pacific region.

Besides, the "International Trainers & Assessors Training Courses" was also launched by the two Ministers as a joint initiative between Government of Australia and MSDE-National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC). Speaking to the press, the Australian Prime Minister called for increasing ties between the two countries while highlighting the sustained Indian economic growth. The signed agreements include cooperation in combating worldwide terrorism and transnational organised crime.