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Australia PM to sign long-awaited nuclear fuel deal with India

Published on Sep 5, 2014 6:41 AM
Australia's Prime Minister Tony Abbott attends the launch of a student mobility programme at a university in Mumbai on Sept 4, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

NEW DELHI (AFP) - Australia's prime minister is due to sign a deal Friday allowing nuclear fuel exports to energy-hungry India, as he meets the country's new premier on a visit to boost economic ties.

Tony Abbott, who flew into New Delhi late on Thursday after meeting business leaders in Mumbai, said the long-awaited agreement was a sign of "mutual trust" after a long-standing ban on uranium sales to India was lifted in 2012.

The world's third biggest uranium producer, Australia had previously ruled out such exports to nuclear-armed India because it has not signed the global non-proliferation treaty.

But Abbott said on Thursday that he was assured of India's commitment to peaceful power generation.

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