PM to visit Germany, Uzbekistan from April 22
India will make an effort to address Germany's "concerns" with regard to the Indo-US civil nuclear deal.india Updated: Apr 20, 2006 19:46 IST
India will make an effort to address Germany's "concerns" with regard to the Indo-US civil nuclear deal and seek the support of Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) member for the agreement when Prime Minister Manmohan Singh undertakes a visit there from Saturday.
Singh will also travel to Uzbekistan as part of the five-day two-nation tour during which energy and economic cooperation will be high on the agenda.
Germany has "concerns" over the nuclear deal and India will utilise the visit to try to address these when Singh holds talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel.
"...Germany has certain concerns. We know, they do. As between friends, we will discuss these," Secretary (West) in the Ministry of External Affairs Shashi U Tripathi told a press conference here today.
Sources said the Prime Minister will seek Germany's support to the deal clinched on March 2 during the visit of US President George W Bush here.
Noting that German government or the country's political parties had not conveyed any reservations to India with regard to the nuclear deal, Tripathi acknowledged that German Ambassador here has made some comments "which are in fact encouraging".
"Our position is very well known on these issues and we will once again clarify to them," she said.
During the visit, India and Germany will set up a bilateral Energy Forum. It will be headed by Power Secretary from the Indian side.
The two countries will also sign three MoUs including in the fields of railways and medical research. (MORE)