The Straits Times
Published on Oct 16, 2012

Australian PM Gillard in India for uranium talks


NEW DELHI (AFP) - Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard, in New Delhi on a three-day state visit, has said she will open talks with energy-hungry India over selling uranium for civil nuclear use.

Australia had previously ruled out exporting uranium to India as it has not signed the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, but Ms Gillard reversed the policy late last year in an effort to improve ties with one of Asia's biggest emerging economies.

"I anticipate that I will have some discussions on uranium," she said after landing in New Delhi on Monday.

"I formed the view as prime minister that it was appropriate for us to sell uranium to India, and that it had become an obstacle in our relationship that we were not."