November 17, 2014 / 11:44 PM / 3 years ago

Australia wants to be source of energy, resource, food security for India

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi (R) waves to supporters gathered to watch him at a welcoming ceremony with Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott at Parliament House in Canberra November 18, 2014. REUTERS/David Gray

CANBERRA (Reuters) - Australia wants to be a dependable source of energy, resource and food security for India, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said on Tuesday during a state visit to Canberra by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

“If all goes to plan, next year an Indian company will begin Australia’s largest-ever coal development which will light the lives of 100 million Indians for the next half-century,” Abbott told the Australian parliament.

On Monday, Adani Enterprises announced it had won support from a Indian governnment-owned lender and an Australian state to help it build a $7 billion coal mine.

Reporting by Matt Siegel in Canberra; Additional reporting by Swati Pandey in Sydney; Editing by Paul Tait

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