Australian PM says exports to India soon

India and Australia on Monday committed themselves to deepen the bilateral defence and security partnership while Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that cooperation in education and research is a key aspect of the ties between the two countries.

They held comprehensive discussions on bilateral, regional and global issues of mutual interest and concern.

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

"We are aware that in this globalised world challenges like terrorism and cyber-security extend beyond boundaries of our regions", Prime Minister Modi added.

Australia's promise on uranium was announced even as both countries signed six agreements, including one on countering terrorism.

Australia will start supplying uranium to India "as soon as possible", the visiting Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, said here on Monday.

This is Turnbull's first bilateral visit to India since he assumed office in September 2015.

Malcolm Turnbull wants to bring Australia and India much closer together through talks on energy, education and security during his visit to the subcontinent.

Along with the first bilateral maritime exercise, the two countries are expected to have their maiden military exercise in 2018.

Modi nicely drew cricket analogies to describe the ties between the two countries. Some of the sticking points in the negotiations include India's high tariff structure for dairy and agri products as also Australian wine.

They are also a pointer to our connected destinies.

Instead, Turnbull said he was prioritizing 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.

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).

The two leaders waved to the crowd gathered at the busy metro station, before boarding the train bound for Noida City Centre.

  • Leroy Wright