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‘Aus-India talks on nuke deal progressing well’

Keen to bolster bilateral ties, Australia today said negotiations on firming up the civil nuclear deal with India to facilitate uranium supply were going on ‘very well’ and both the countries want to seal the pact as quickly as possible.

Australian High Commissioner Patrick Suckling said the Tony Abbott government was committed to firm up the agreement with India as there has been a strong political support for it within the country which is one of the largest exporter of uranium.

The fourth round of negotiations on the civil nuclear deal concluded last week in Canberra and Suckling said significant progress has been made during the talks.

‘The negotiations had gone very well. We made significant progress. There has been good will on both sides for early conclusion of the agreement. We are hopeful that we will be able to conclude negotiations as soon as possible,’ the High Commissioner told reporters.

He said India will have to give an assurance to Australia that the uranium will be used for peaceful purposes and not for military purposes.
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