Published: Tue, April 18, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

Australia says it's ready to supply uranium to India

Australia says it's ready to supply uranium to India

The other five MoUs signed following Monday's talks are on cooperation in civil aviation security, environment, climate and wildlife, sports, health and medicine, and earth observation and satellite navigation. "Our ties. will be stronger because of this visit", he said. "We took a number of forward-looking decisions to further strengthen our partnership, including the decision to soon hold the next round of negotiations on our Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement", PM Modi said.

A joint statement released after the talks said the two leaders "recognised that India and Australia share common interests in ensuring maritime security and the safety of sea lines of communication".

"Ministers Javadekar and Rudy both recognise the quality of Australian education and have instructed Indian officials to work on helping our universities and training providers to establish themselves in the local market", he said.

While Prime Minister Modi noted that Australia was ready to supply uranium to India, Mr Turnbull said his government was looking forward to exporting uranium to India "as soon as possible".

Australia will collaborate with India to build capacity of 4 lakh Indian professionals over the next few years, as the two nations look to deepen engagement in skill development.

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The three countries, along with the United States, were part of the now-defunct Quadrilateral Security Dialogue, an informal strategic grouping started in 2007 to discuss issues of interest, such as defence cooperation. Trilateral cooperation among Australia, Japan and India is welcome.

In the afternoon, Modi and Turnbull travelled by a Delhi Metro train to visit the Akshardham temple in east Delhi.

Modi and Turbull also jointly inaugurated through video-conferencing the TERI-Deakin Nanobiotechnology Centre in Gurugram, Haryana, set up by India's TERI and Australia's Deakin University. Prime Minister Turnbull's visit to India is an attempt to change gears, especially in the context of China's aggressive pitch to step into the void created by the new USA administration's Americafirst withdrawal from active engagement across the Pacific.

Speaking earlier to Australian journalists, Turnbull said "we've got to be realistic about timing" for a bilateral deal with India.

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