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N-deal with US: India sure of approval

India on Friday expressed confidence that the landmark Indo-US nuclear deal will get the Congressional approval.

india Updated: Jun 23, 2006 19:33 IST

India on Friday expressed confidence that the landmark Indo-US nuclear deal, reached between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and President George Bush will get the Congressional approval within the next two months.

"Based on my wide-ranging interactions in the US with eminent representatives of the American political intellectual and corporate establishment, my personal belief is that the Indo-US nuclear will get through in the Congress in the next 45 to 60 days," Minister of State for Industry Ashwani Kumar said in New Delhi on Friday, after returning from his US tour.

The initial motion has been flagged in the Congress which is due for a recess in the near future. The nuclear deal, considered as the centrepiece of the Indo-US strategic relations, is set to get through once the Congress resumes after the recess, the minister said.

Kumar had exchanged views with former National Security Adviser in the Clinton Administration Sandy Berger and had interactions at the CSIS, a Washington-based think tank with its president John Hamre and Ambassador Teresita Schaffer. "The CSIS establishment was generally supportive of the Indo-US Civil Nuclear Deal," Kumar said.

In his various meetings, including the one with the CEOs of the petrochemical companies, Kumar emphasised the importance of the Indo-US nuclear agreement and described it as a "critical factor in cementing the new paradigm in the relationship between the two countries".