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Indo-US nuke deal a constructive effort: Kerry

india Updated: Nov 16, 2006 11:44 IST
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The Indo-US nuclear deal is not only in the mutual interests of the two countries but also a part of the "building block" process and a constructive effort to strengthen bilateral ties, senior Democratic Senator John Kerry said on Thursday.

"To me this agreement is a part of the building block process, part of the constructive effort to try and do a number of things.I think that this agreement that we will vote on in the Senate strengthens everything we have been talking about, all the components of our relationship...," he said in his address to the US Chamber of Commerce.

"The agreement that we reached is in the mutual interest of the United States and of India.Strong US-India partnership is vital for all the reasons just described," the former Presidential candidate of the Democrats said.

Kerry was a keynote speaker at an event organised by the Chamber, the Coalition for Partnership with India, the US India Business Council and the US-India Friendship Council. The organisations were galvansing support for the nuclear deal as the Senate was getting ready to start formal debate on the legislation.

Expressing confidence the "killer amendments" will be defeated, the top Democrat,however, stressed that it was important for people to take note of the amendments.

Senator Kerry stressed that India's record in the realm of non-proliferation has been "unprecedented and different" from that of other countries.

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