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'Our fears were addressed by Pranab's statement'

india Updated: Sep 11, 2008 11:21 IST

The Netherlands, which was one of the NSG countries having reservation on grant of waiver to India, has said its fears had been addressed by the statement of External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee on New Delhi's commitments to non-proliferation goals.

"There were a number of apprehensions about granting the waiver to India. These were about nuclear testing, supply of nuclear fuel to India and about transfer of nuclear technology," The Netherlands Ambassador Bob Hiensch told PTI here.

"I must congratulate the Indian government... The Indian Foreign Minister's press statement on Friday morning really addressed all our worries," he said on the sidelines of a function here last night.

As the NSG meeting was underway in Vienna, Mukherjee had issued a statement here affirming India's commitment to non-proliferation goals and vowing to maintain its unilateral moratorium on testing.

Hiensch said that after Mukherjee's statement he had spoken to his prime minister and foreign minister asking them to "accept this as a political commitment of India."

The Dutch prime minister and foreign minister spoke to some other countries asking them to do the same, Hiensch said.