Prime Minister Gillard to visit India: sale of uranium a top issue
Gillard’s three-day visit here will provide an opportunity to India to push for early supply of uranium from Australia
Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard to visit India in October; supply of uranium, trade on cards Economic Times, NEW DELHI, 3 AUG, 2012: After a positive reversal of the policy on supply of uranium to India, Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard is scheduled to undertake her first official visit here from October 15 during which New Delhi willbe seen pushing for boosting civil nuclear ties.
The issue of civil nuclear cooperation is also expected to figure very high when India will also host Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper
in the first week of November. India and Canada, which has the world’s
largest reserves of high- grade low-cost uranium, inked a civil
nuclear agreement in 2010 but not much progress has been made since
then. …. Noting that Gillard’s three-day visit here will provide an opportunity to India to push for early supply of uranium from Australia, which was in the process of working out internal arrangements to ensure supply of the yellow cake to New Delhi.
“The Australian Foreign Minister is also expected to come here to
prepare the agenda for the Prime Ministerial visit,” sources said.
In December last year, Australia’s ruling Labour Party led by Gillard
cleared the way for export of Australian uranium to India after a
strong debate on the floor of the party’s 46th national conference.
Despite resistance from opponents, the landmark policy change was
carried out, paving the way for the first Australian
country-to-country agreement to sell yellow cake to a nation outside
the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. ….
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