Abbott and Singh: "Australia and India Strategic Partners"

14 October 2013

By Alexandra Hansen

Australia’s Prime Minister Tony Abbott and his Indian counterpart Manmohan Singh have stressed closer strategic relations in a meeting at the East Asia Summit.

The two leaders emphasised the importance of the growing relationship between the Indian Ocean neighbours, and the ongoing dialogue on a civil nuclear agreement.

The Hindu reported that Mr Abbott, in his first meeting with the Indian Prime Minister, said he was keen to finalise negotiations on the sale of uranium to India.

Mr Abbott also said he hoped Australian students would see India as an education destination, to build a better understanding of Asia in Australia. Numbers of Indian students studying in Australia declined after a series of attacks on Indian students in 2009.

Mr Abbott spent three months in India in the 1980s and was eager to share his familiarity of the country with Mr Singh.

Read the full report in The Hindu