Australia says it's ready to supply uranium to India

Australia says it's ready to supply uranium to India

Australia says it's ready to supply uranium to India

After ceremonial reception accorded to him at Rashtrapati Bhavan, Turnbull said ties between the two countries "are strong and will be stronger" because of this visit.

The Australian delegation lunched to a violin, keyboard and tabla concert and ended the meal with a three-course dessert of kulfi falooda, crisp jalebis and fresh fruits.

Instead, Mr Turnbull said he was prioritising an Asia-Pacific forum that includes China, amid concerns over access to India's market of 1.3 billion people for farm exports from Australia and opportunities for skilled Indian workers there. The Australian PM also emphasised on the need to conclude the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) led by China in the wake of the United States rejecting the TransPacific Partnership agreement. "They will report back to us as soon as possible and identify where more work needs to be done", Turnbull said. He was speaking at the 4th Australia India Skill Conference 2017 held in conjunction with visit of Prime Minister of Australia to India.

In the backdrop of Pakistan, China and Russian Federation deciding to hold a tri-lateral on Afghanistan while keeping New Delhi and Kabul off the table, the joint statement emphasised on early peace and reconciliation in the war-torn country through "Afghan-owned and Afghan-led process". Terrorism, defence and security cooperation, cyber security, civil aviation security, education and energy, particularly sale of uranium, are the focus areas.

"India sees a key role for Australian uranium supplies in this process". At a joint press event with Turnbull, Modi said they reviewed the entire gamut of ties and took many "forward looking" decisions including one on earlyholding of the next round of talks on comprehensive economic cooperation agreement.

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Modi and Turnbull asked the negotiators of India and Australia to schedule an early meeting on the Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement.

Laying stress on students exchanges between the two countries, Modi said that while Australia was home to over 60,000 Indian students, an increasing number of Australian students was coming to study in India. "It's important to have an agreement that meets your requirements", he said.

Later in the day, Mr Turnbull will travel south to India's commercial heart, Mumbai.

While the prime ministers agreed to reignite stalled talks on a formal trade deal, Mr Turnbull said it was encouraging partnerships were growing.

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