Australia will Work Closer with India, Says PM Turnbull

It was an entirely vegetarian fare at the lunch hosted by Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his Australian counterpart Malcolm Turnbull on Monday.

"They welcomed the significant progress achieved through the bilateral Framework for Security Cooperation agreed in 2014", it stated.

India and Australia on 10 April 2017 signed 6 agreements to boost the bilateral cooperation between the two nations.

Energy was a strong focus of Turnbull's speech, in a visit that sought to put in motion a possible free-trade agreement with India, the ABC reported. Modi said, "We have just inaugurated the TERI-DEAKIN Research Centre on Nano and Bio Technology, which is a classic example of the kind of cutting-edge science and technology cooperation that is happening between our two countries". They also mentioned that they expect the anticipated commercial export of uranium from Australia to India to start soon.

As per IANS report, one MoU was signed on cooperation in fighting global terrorism and organised crime.

However, a Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement (CECA) will not be signed during this visit.

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India and Australia on Monday chose to kick-start the stalled negotiations on the Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement (CECA) by holding the next round of talks soon.

Australia plans to collaborate on education, and play a leading role in India's ambitious plan to skill 400 million people by 2022.

"I am particularly pleased that we have been able to conclude an MoU on security cooperation during this visit".

Turnbull is visiting India in response to Modi's invitation to the Australian President during a G-20 summit in China a year ago. Australia's Education Minister, Senator Simon Birmingham, and Vice Chancellors from the Group of Eight, Australia's highest ranked universities, accompanied the Aussie prime minister in his visit to India.

The visiting leader will be accorded with a ceremonial reception at the Rashtrapati Bhavan on Monday. Thereafter, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj called on him.

It will be Turnbull's first visit to the country after assuming office in 2015.

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