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Australian PM Abbott to visit India for potential uranium deal

Published on Aug 29, 2014 1:32 PM

SYDNEY (AFP) - Australia's Prime Minister Tony Abbott said on Friday he will visit India next week, where he will reportedly sign an agreement allowing the export of uranium to the nuclear-armed South Asian nation.

It will be Abbott's first trip to India since his election a year ago and he said in a statement it would involve visits to New Delhi and Mumbai to "strengthen the strategic partnership between our two countries".

The prime minister made no mention of uranium, and his office said they were unable to confirm anything related to its sale despite reports that Abbott will sign a deal when in India.

Abbott said only that there was "potential for further cooperation in resources, science, technology and education" with Australia's fifth-largest export market, worth A$11.4 billion (S$13.3 billion).

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