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Manmohan hopes to clinch nuclear deal with Japan

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, May 27, 2013
First Published: 00:07 IST(27/5/2013) | Last Updated: 03:02 IST(27/5/2013)

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh hopes to strengthen strategic and global partnership with Japan and reach an early agreement with regard to civil nuclear energy cooperation.

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"I do hope that we can make progress in the civil nuclear energy cooperation," Singh told Japanese reporters on the eve of his visit to the country.

Negotiations for the civil nuclear cooperation agreement have not made much headway since Japan was struck by Fukushima nuclear disaster in March, 2011.

Singh, who will reach Tokyo on Monday on a three-day official visit, said both he and Japanese PM Shinzo Abe will review overall Indo-Japan ties.

The two prime ministers will take stock of the India-Japan Strategic and Global Partnership and discuss how to strengthen it.

During the interview, Singh also called on Japanese industry to contribute toward India's economic growth. "We have plans to invest about $1 trillion in infrastructure in the 12th five-year plan. I see an enormous role for the Japanese industry to contribute not only to infrastructure development of India," he said.

"We have the shining example of Maruti Suzuki, but more such examples could be created. We would like to see Japanese investments in energy - clean energy, renewable energy.

"We would like Japan to repeat what Japan has done for Delhi Metro Rail. We would like more such Metro Railways to come up in our metropolitan cities," he said.

He also welcomed Japan's interest in High Speed Rail (HSR) projects in India and said that such capital intensive projects would be considered in accordance with India's infrastructure requirements and financial resources.


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