Brazil and South Africa, key members of the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), on Tuesday decided to explore ways for cooperation with India in civil nuclear field through "acceptable forward-looking approaches".
At a trilateral meeting of India, Brazil and South Africa (IBSA) forum, the three countries favoured "unimpeded growth and development of peaceful uses of atomic energy, through the supply of technology, equipment and material, under appropriate safeguards, and reaffirmed their will to intensify such cooperation."
The Foreign Ministers of the three countries "reiterated the importance of ensuring that any multilateral decisions related to the nuclear fuel cycle do not undermine the inalineable right of States to pursue nuclear energy for peaceful purposes in conformity with their international legal obligations," said a joint communique issued after the day-long meeting.
The three sides emphasised the need to ensure the supply of safe, sustainable and non-polluting sources of energy to meet the rising global demand for energy, particularly in developing countries.
"In this context, the ministers agreed that nuclear energy could play an important role," said the communique issued after the meeting of External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee, Brazilian Foreign Minister Celso Amorim and South African Foreign Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.
"The ministers agreed to explore approaches to cooperation in the peaceful uses of nuclear energy under appropriate IAEA safeguards," it said.