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‘Historic’ trade agreement with India signed after decade of negotiations



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Australia and India have signed a serious interim free-trade deal hailed as a major step in diversifying export markets and decreasing Australia’s financial dependence on China.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison touted the deal as “one of many greatest financial doorways” obtainable to open.

“We’re opening the largest door of one of many greatest economies on the earth in India,” Mr Morrison mentioned forward of the signing.

The interim Australia-India Financial Cooperation and Commerce Settlement was signed in a digital ceremony by Commerce Minister Dan Tehan and his Indian counterpart Piyush Goyal, and witnessed by prime ministers Scott Morrison and Narendra Modi.

India's trade minister holds up a signed document. In other screens, Tehan does the same and Morrison and Modi applaud
The Australia-India Financial Cooperation and Commerce Settlement was signed over a livestreamed digital assembly.(ABC)

“We’re very assured that this deal will see our two-way commerce, the commerce between our nations, double within the coming years,” Mr Tehan mentioned on the digital occasion. 

Mr Goyal celebrated the settlement, saying it was a “pure” partnership.

“India and Australia are pure companions. Like two brothers, each nations supported one another in the course of the COVID-19 pandemic. Our relationship rests on the pillars of belief and reliability,” Mr Goyal mentioned.

Morrison, wearing a suit, looks down upon a table full of wool, holding a piece afar to inspect it.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison spoke of the settlement with wool growers in Tasmania the morning of the signing.(ABC Information: Damian McIntyre)

The commerce deal cuts tariffs on a variety of Australian exports to India, together with coal, lentils, sheepmeat and wool, lobsters and uncommon earths.

It additionally contains a phased discount of tariffs on wine and a number of different agricultural merchandise together with avocados, cherries, nuts, blueberries, almonds, oranges, mandarins, pears and strawberries.