Verma is currently on a visit to Australia and New Zealand to forge partnerships with the countries in areas of mining and coal trade.

Queensland is a mineral rich state in Australia and is a major supplier of coking coal to the Indian Steel Industry.

During his meeting with Andrew Cripps, Verma expressed his belief that India and Government of Queensland, Australia can jointly explore possibilities of investment in development of coal assets.

He added that Indian steel and mining companies could collaborate with Australian counterparts for developing technologies to carry out sustainable mining.

Interacting with Jeff Seeney, Verma said that possibilities of a long term agreement for export of coking coal could be explored between the respective governments.

He further talked about various other measures for strengthening bilateral ties in the field of mining and enhancement of supply of coal to India in the coming years.

(JPN)

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