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India, Britain discuss civil nuke energy cooperation

Both countries also discussed ways to enhance strategic partnership.

india Updated: Apr 03, 2006 22:01 IST

India and Britain on Monday discussed civil nuclear energy cooperation besides ways to enhance strategic partnership as the two countries held Foreign Office consultations.

Foreign Secretary Shyam Saran and British Permanent Under Secretary in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Sir Michael Jay led the respective delegations at the meeting that also deliberated upon the coming G-8 Summit to be held at St Petersburg during the annual talks.

"The Foreign Office Consultations covered the whole range of bilateral political, economic and consular issues," External Affairs Ministry spokesman Navtej Sarna said.

The discussion focussed on ways to take the strategic partnership between the two countries forward with focus on reinforcing our partnership on combating terrorism, expansion of economic ties and intensifying cooperation in the areas of science and technology, education and culture, he said.

"UN reform, including UNSC reform, was also discussed as was civil nuclear energy cooperation," Sarna said.

The two sides also had a useful and extensive exchange of views on regional issues, including the EU, West Asia, Asia-Pacific and the South-Asian region.

The last round of the consultations was held in London in March 2005.