March 06, 2006

Manmohan Singh


From AFP: India and Australia to discuss ban on uranium sales.

Australian Prime Minister John Howard and his Indian counterpart Manmohan Singh were due to hold talks on Australia's embargo on uranium sales to India in discussions that would also touch on trade and defence cooperation, officials said.

"We would like to trade with Australia in all areas...we are short of uranium. We would very much like Australia to sell uranium to India," Singh told reporters Monday after a formal welcome for Howard in the Indian capital.

Howard, who on Sunday ruled out such a sale, was non-committal in his reply.

"I think we will talk about this against the background of the policies and needs of the two countries," he said after the welcoming ceremony at the presidential palace.

Singh was quoted by The Australian newspaper as saying that India needed "to import uranium and our needs will increase in years to come."

"I hope Australia will be an important partner in this," he said in comments published Monday.

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Posted by Forkum at March 6, 2006 08:12 PM