Melbourne :  Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard has said that the progress on uranium sale to India was moving on expected lines and bilateral discussions were underway to put a safeguards agreement in place.

 T “The progress is as we expected it. The main thing was to get away from the problem that prevented Australia into entering uranium sale with India,” Gillard told.

 “We are working on the safeguards agreement and they inevitably take some time. But discussions are underway,” she said.

51-year-old Gillard made the comments during a function on Sunday where she also addressed a group of supporters of her Labor Party, especially from Indian and other South Asian communities. “I can also say to the Indian community that as Prime Minister I work very hard to make sure that our relationship with India is strengthened,” she said in her address, admitting that Australia’s refusal to sell uranium to India was a blockage in their bilateral relationship.

“I have cleared that out of the way. So I’m incredibly optimistic about the relationship between our two countries,” Gillard said, adding, “And also about the prospects for the Indian community members who come to settle in Australia.”

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