Australia Monday announced support for Indias membership in the elite Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) and termed as priority process the ongoing civil nuclear talks between the two countries,which will hold the next round of negotiations on November 26 and 27.
External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid held talks with his Australian counterpart Julie Bishop on ways to enhance cooperation in key areas of civil nuclear ties,anti-terrorism,security and defence among other strategic sectors.
Later at a joint press conference with Khurshid,Bishop announced that,Australian government has decided that we will support Indias membership of the NSG and I informed Foreign Minister Khurshid tonight about the Australian decision…It is appropriate given Indias strategic importance in the region and globally and Indias record of non-proliferation.
She hoped that the civil nuclear cooperation pact could be concluded and said negotiations will continue and bring in an agreement which will benefit both sides.
Bishop said the best days of India-Australia relationship still lie ahead.