'High hopes' of sealing trade agreement with India: Australian PM

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said he has "high hopes" of concluding comprehensive economic cooperation agreement with India.

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Melbourne, Dec 15: Australia has "high hopes" of concluding a comprehensive economic cooperation agreement with India next year, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has said.

Turnbull, who agreed to visit India next year when he met with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the sidelines of the G20 summit in China in September, told business leaders recently that the government had "high hopes" of concluding the Australia-India Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement, Australian Associated Press reported on Wednesday.

Malcolm Turnbull

Speaking to a business forum in Sydney, Treasurer Scott Morrison on Wednesday reiterated that the government was keen to conclude trade negotiations with India.

Negotiations were started in 2011 to seal an agreement to cut tariffs, improve trade in services and make it easier to invest. So far the two sides had almost nine rounds negotiations on Free Trade Agreement.

The 9th round covered key issues including market access for goods, services and investment, rules of origin, customs procedures and trade facilitation, sanitary and phytosanitary measures, techinal barriers to trade, legal and institutional matters and dispute settlement.

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