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India steps up lobbying among NSG for nuke deal

india Updated: Nov 12, 2006 14:08 IST

As efforts to plough the civil nuclear deal through the US Congressional processes continue, India has stepped up lobbying with Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) countries and found the positive response increasing among the member countries.

Besides taking up the matter with NSG members individually, New Delhi also made a presentation at a special session of the 45-nation grouping in Vienna last month and received "very good feedback".

Shyam Saran, India's Special Envoy on the nuclear deal, recently undertook a visit to Sweden, Norway and Ireland, which have strong views on non-proliferation and had initially reservations with regard to the deal.

The deal, clinched in March this year during the visit of US President George W Bush, is aimed at enabling India to have civil nuclear trade with the international community after 32 years.

The NSG is required to change its guidelines for international trade in nuclear field to allow that cooperation.

While seeking support for the agreement that will allow international community to resume nuclear trade with India, he explained the details of the agreement and cited the country's responsible behaviour and impeccable track record with regard to non-proliferation, official sources said.