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Manmohan leaves for home

india Updated: Dec 16, 2006 12:55 IST
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Prime Minister Manmohan Singh left Tokyo on Saturday for home after four-day visit during which he held talks with his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe on various issues including India's growing need for civilian nuclear energy.

During the talks Japan agreed to engage in discussions with India on civilian nuclear cooperation under "appropriate" international safeguards in a clear indication that it may come round to backing the Indo-US nuclear deal.

Japan stopped short of any direct support to the landmark Indo-US deal but said that international civilian nuclear energy cooperation should be enhanced through "constructive approaches" under appropriate International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) safeguards.

The two countries also decided to establish a strategic and global partnership and signed nine agreements covering a range of areas including political, economic and defence sectors. 

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