Australia decides not to sell uranium to India

January 15th, 2008 - 10:46 pm ICT by admin  

A file-photo of Manmohan Singh

Canberra, Jan 15 (ANI): Taking a shift from the John Howard Governments nuclear policy, Australian Foreign Minister Stephen Smith on Tuesday made it clear that his government will not sell uranium to India, as it is not a member of the global non-proliferation treaty (NPT).

Smith conveyed this message to Shyam Saran, a special envoy of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, during their talks in Perth today.

I made the point that the Australian Government came to the election, or went to the election with a strong policy commitment that we would not export uranium to nation states who are not members of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, Smith told reporters here.

The Australian Foreign Minister also mentioned that Saran also raised with him the Indo-US civil nuclear cooperation arrangement.

Saran was appointed as Manmohan Singhs special envoy to garner support for the Indo-U.S. bilateral agreement among the 45-nation Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) that includes Australia.

Last year, Saran was able to convince the John Howard Government to end a ban on uranium sales to India, overturning a policy of selling the fuel only to NPT signatories. (ANI)

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