November 17, 2014 / 11:02 PM / in 4 years

Australia wants comprehensive trade deal with India: PM Abbott

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi (R) waves to supporters gathered to watch him at a welcoming ceremony with Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott at Parliament House in Canberra November 18, 2014. REUTERS/David Gray

CANBERRA (Reuters) - Australia’s next priority is to conclude a comprehensive trade partnership deal with India, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said on Tuesday during a state visit to Canberra by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Australia on Monday finalised a landmark free trade deal with China more than ten years in the making.

“We want to go further and that’s why the next priority for Australia is a comprehensive economic partnership agreement with India,” Abbott said.

“If I may say so, this is a moment in time. This is the time to get this done.”

Additional reporting by Jane Wardell in Sydney; Editing by Diane Craft

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