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India an “emerging democratic superpower”, says Australian PM



MUMBAI, Sept 5 – Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Thursday described India as an emerging democratic superpower and hopes to make the most of business opportunities in the country, Press Trust of India (PTI) reported.

Abbott, who kicked off a two-day official visit from the commercial capital,said Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s call of “come, make in India” was”close in spirit and intent” to the phrase he had used with regards to Australia that “we are open for business”.


“This is a country which has amazed the world over the last few decades with its growth and its development,” he said.”The world’s second most populous country; on purchasing power terms, the world’s third largest economy… clearly, the emerging democratic superpower of the world and a country with which Australia has long and warm ties.”

Abbott is due to meet with President Pranab Mukherjee, Vice-President Hamid Ansari and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Friday.A number of agreements in areas such as mining, finance and education could be signed.

He is also hoping to reach a nuclear cooperation agreement with India that sees Australia selling uranium to India.