Uranium sale to India not soon: Gillard

Nearly a year after it reversed its policy of not supplying uranium to India,the Australian government has,however,said the sale will not start quickly and even a safeguard agreement is likely to take one or two years

Written by Press Trust Of India | Melbourne | Published:October 17, 2012 12:49 am

Nearly a year after it reversed its policy of not supplying uranium to India,the Australian government has,however,said the sale will not start quickly and even a safeguard agreement is likely to take one or two years.

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard,who is on a three-day visit to India,shot down any suggestions that uranium sale to India will start quickly. Negotiating a safeguard agreement is likely to take one or two years,rather than months,she was quoted as saying by the Sydney Morning Herald.

During a function in New Delhi on Tuesday,Gillard said she would be meeting Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Wednesday.

She added that her Labor party has changed its previous position of not selling uranium to India,while noting that it will happen under a comprehensive civil nuclear cooperation agreement.

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