Bishop, who was on a four-day India visit, said the two countries are expected to reach a framework agreement by the year end, following which uranium supply to India would begin.

Talks towards the Civil Nuclear Cooperation Agreement began about two years ago after Australia lifted a long-standing ban on selling uranium to India.

The two countries signed a preliminary civilian nuclear pact in September 2014 during Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s visit to India.

Australia has about 40 percent of the world’s uranium.

India is the first customer to buy Australian uranium without being a signatory to the nuclear non-proliferation treaty.

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