Canadian PM to discuss nuclear cooperation with India

New Delhi, Nov.5 (ANI): Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, who is on a six-day visit to India, arrived in New Delhi on Monday for bilateral talks aimed at strengthening trade and nuclear cooperation.

Harper visited the Taj Mahal in Agra.

Harper's visit is being viewed, as the stepping-stone of a deal that would enable Canadian companies to sell their uranium to India.

The two countries also have been negotiating a civil nuclear energy deal, which would enable Canadian firms like Cameco Corp to export uranium to India.

Harper is scheduled to meet Indian Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh on Tuesday and would also meet Indian business leaders later.

Meanwhile, on Monday, Harper visited the tomb of Mughal emperor Humayun in New Delhi with his wife Laureen.

Harper will be in India from November 04-09 with International Trade Minister Ed Fast and a group of corporate executives. He will then fly off to the Philippines and Hong Kong.

Canada and India have been working for eight years on an agreement to protect foreign investment, but it was not clear if this might be signed on the trip.

China and India signed a nuclear cooperation agreement in 2010 but Canada wants further language that will let it ensure uranium imported from Canada is used only for peaceful purposes.

However, Harper's chief spokesman, Andrew MacDougall could not say if agreement on these new provisions would be reached next week.(ANI)


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