India-US N-deal in last lap
The House of Representatives approved the India-US civilian nuclear agreement 298-117 with one member voting present early on Sunday India time, report V Krishna and Varghese K George.india Updated: Sep 29, 2008 11:59 IST
The House of Representatives approved the India-US civilian nuclear agreement 298-117 with one member voting present early on Sunday India time.
The Senate majority leader has also promised a vote this week in his chamber.
President Bush hailed the passage of House Resolution 7081, on the US-India Nuclear Cooperation Approval and Nonproliferation En- hancement Act, as another step forward in the transformation of the relationship between the countries.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh welcomed the US House of Representatives passing the 123 Agreement and hoped that the Senate too will approve it soon.
“I am happy that one hurdle has been crossed,” said PM Manmohan Singh.
“It is not the end of the Congressional process and we need to wait for the final outcome,” the Prime Minister said, while on his way to France from the US. The PM will be in France for till October 1.
On Sunday, Bush urged the Senate to “quickly take up and pass this important piece of legislation before their October adjournment”.
While the Bill mustered a two-thirds majority in the House, it was a step-down from the 359–68 tally for the Hyde Act. In a house of 435 members, 416 were present. Of the Democrats, 120 voted for and 107 against. The Republicans voted 178-10.
Sources in the PM's delegation said President Bush has assured the inconvenient riders in the accompanying bill of 123 will be “resolved to India's complete satisfaction”. The official said the President did not put up any conditions from his side.
On his way to France, Manmohan Singh said, he was “looking forward” to his meeting with President Sarkozy”, who as chairperson of the EU will be presiding over the India-EU summit.
Atomic Energy Commission Chairman Anil Kakodkar and union commerce minister Kamal Nath later joined the PM’s delegation in France.
During his stay in the US, the PM also met Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao, Pakistan President Asif Zardari, UK PM Gordon Brown and prime minister of Norway and Netherlands.