PM Malcolm Turnbull commits to exporting coal, uranium and renewables to India

Malcolm Turnbull has demanded Russian Federation use its power to bring the Syrian war to an end and forge a political settlement which, the Prime Minster said, can not involve brutal dictator Bashar al-Assad.

With Australia is strongly backing Indias NSG membership bid, the issue is expected to figure during Modi-Turnbull talks that are being held ahead of Nuclear Suppliers Groups plenary meeting in June.

Turnbull lauded India in a speech he delivered at the Sydney Institute on Thursday, referring to the country as “a land of vast opportunity for Australia”. While the India-Australia FTA is still in the making, China and Australia have simultaneously initiated the process of upgrading their symbiotic relationship enabled by ChAFTA (China-Australia Free Trade Agreement). “Australia is well placed to provide numerous raw materials, and some of the latest technology”, he said in a reference to Australia being endowed with an abundance of natural resources including coal, uranium and natural gas. On the agenda will be an endeavor to strengthen Australia’s second largest export to India.

Turnbull leaves for India on Sunday with Education Minister, Simon Birmingham.

Speaking at a press conference in Papua New Guinea on Saturday where he was marking the 75th anniversary of the Kokoda campaign, Mr. Turnbull said the role of Assad was under serious question.

In the last decade, trade between the two countries has enhanced by 100 percent to more than $20 billion. The Australian policymakers are buoyed by the fact that the Indian economy is growing at 7 percent a year and would draw level in size with the United States by about 2050.

Australia fully supports a USA strike on Syria’s airfield near Homs, the country’s Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said Friday, adding that it was “a calibrated, proportionate and targeted response”.

Turnbull will also reemphasize Australia’s commitment to providing uranium to India.

However, other nations like Britain and Australia backed the US’ actions.

Describing India as one of Australias most important worldwide priorities, the Australian envoy said the two sides are taking forward an active and ambitious agenda established under the strategic partnership. Turnbull described the airstrikes as “a calibrated, proportionate and targeted response” and said Australia will remain “fully committed as a coalition partner to our ongoing military operations in Iraq and Syria”.

Both the countries are likely to sign a number of MoUs covering a range of areas including defense and security, environment, renewable energy, sports, and trade during Turnbull’s visit. There have been nine rounds of negotiations since discussions began in 2011, with the most recent in 2015. “We achieved a lot in 2015 and are now left with a handful of the hardest issues”, a diplomatic source said.

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