Mr. Abbott met PM Modi in New Delhi and they finalized the deal allow the export of uranium to India. Australian PM said India and Australia were bound by “strongly convergent” trade and strategic interests on the last day of his visit.
PM Abbott gifted a ‘Nehru jacket’ made of Australian wool to PM Modi, who in return presented him a copy of the Bhagwat Gita.
India and Australia kick-started negotiations on uranium sales in 2012 after Canberra lifted a long-time ban on exporting the valuable ore to Delhi to meet its ambitious nuclear energy program.
Australia which is the third biggest uranium producer, had previously ruled out such exports to nuclear-armed India as it has not signed the global non-proliferation treaty.
Along with Israel and North Korea, both India and Pakistan which are nuclear-armed countries that had not signed up to the non-proliferation treaty to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons.