Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott gets a ceremonial welcome in New Delhi during a visit aimed at boosting trade ties. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott met his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi at a welcome ceremony at the Presidential Palace in New Delhi on Friday (September 5). Abbott is in India on a two-day visit and the two leaders are expected to discuss a possible uranium deal. Work on an India-Australia agreement has been underway since Australia, which has 40 percent of the world's known uranium reserves, lifted a long-standing ban on selling uranium to energy-starved India in 2012. Nuclear-armed India has since been working with Australia on a safeguard agreement to ensure uranium exports from Australia are used purely for peaceful purposes. Abbott arrived in Mumbai on Thursday (September 4) and launched a scholarship programme for students called the 'New Colombo Plan', under which young Australians could live, study and work in the south-east Asian region.