On Oz visit, Krishna raises uranium issue

External Affairs Minister SM Krishna Wednesday pressed Australia to reverse its policy of not selling uranium to India.

Last Updated: Jan 19, 2011, 12:05 PM IST

Melbourne: External Affairs Minister SM
Krishna Wednesday pressed Australia to reverse its policy of not
selling uranium to India.

Krishna, who arrived here today on a three-day visit,
met Minister for Energy, Resources and Tourism Martin Ferguson
and raised the issue of uranium supply to India.

He asked Ferguson to reverse the Australian
government`s policy of not selling uranium to countries which
have not signed the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

Krishna was accompanied by Indian High Commissioner
Sujata Singh and Secretary (East) Vijay Lata Reddy. Australian
High Commissioner to India Peter Varghese was also present in
the meeting.

Krishna is here to attend the seventh round of the
framework dialogue with his Australian counterpart Kevin Rudd.

He will also attend a dinner hosted by the Australian
government where several leading dignitaries, including newly
appointed Victorian Premier Ted Baillieu.

Krishna is also likely to raise the issue of security
of Indians in Australia which comprise half-a-million
population, the fourth largest immigrant community.

Krishna`s visit is said to mark the concerted efforts
that the two sides are making at the government-to-government
level to take bilateral relationship to the next level by
encouraging high-level dialogue and engagement.

The minister is also likely to meet Prime Minister
Julia Gillard.

Krishna would be leaving back on Friday.

PTI