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Pelosi meets PM, dicusses N-deal

india Updated: Mar 20, 2008 23:02 IST
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The fate of the civil nuclear deal came up for discussion as a US Congressional delegation, led by Speaker of House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in New Delhi on Thursday.

The two sides are understood to have discussed the timeline available for the US Congress if the nuclear deal is to be completed during the Bush administration.

The discussions are significant as the nuclear deal is to go to the US Congress for a final vote after India firms up a safeguards agreement with IAEA and seeks waiver from Nuclear Suppliers Group.

Some key Senators recently said that in view of the US Presidential polls this year, the deal should come to the Congress by May-end to allow adequate time for a final vote.

Singh is understood to have apprised Pelosi and other members of the delegation about efforts being made by the Indian government towards implementation of the deal.

India has completed negotiations with IAEA on the safeguards agreement but further steps are on hold as the government's Left allies are strongly opposed to the deal.

Pelosi, who is on a four-day India visit from Thursday, also discussed other aspects of the bilateral relations with Singh and External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee. She also met Shyam Saran, Prime Minister's Special Envoy on Nuclear and Climate issues.

The unrest in Tibet is also believed to have come up during her meetings. Pelosi will travel to Dharamsala in Himachal Pradesh tomorrow to meet Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama.

Pelosi is an admirer of the Dalai Lama and has backed his calls for dialogue while generally being sharply critical of Beijing.

In the aftermath of the recent trouble in Tibet, the Speaker slammed China for the crackdown and called on the world to condemn it.She will also travel to Agra to see Taj Mahal.

This is the second time that a US Speaker is visiting India, the first being Republican Dennis Hastert in 2006.