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Trade pact with India top priority: Australia

Times of India:  June, 2015

New Delhi: Concluding the comprehensive economic cooperation agreement (CECA) with India by the year-end remains Australia's number one trade priority, the country's trade and investment minister Andrew Robb said on Tuesday. 

Robb has visited India four times since September as Australia has pitched strongly for the CECA. He met Prime Minister Narendra Modi, commerce minister Nirmal Sitharaman and other senior officials. 

"There is nothing to suggest that we won't get it finished by the end of the year. That was a deadline set by Prime Minister Modi and Prime Abbot and it is very tight but it is Australia's number one trade priority to get this economic agreement concluded by the end of the year," Robb told a news conference on the sidelines of the India-Australia CEO's forum.