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Romania backs India on civil nuclear issue

A member of the Nuclear Suppliers Group, Romania also expresses its willingness to establish strategic partnership in energy as well as defence sectors.

india Updated: Oct 23, 2006 14:53 IST

Romania, a member of the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), on Monday supported India's quest for civil nuclear cooperation with the international community and expressed willingness to establish strategic partnership in energy as well as defence sectors.

The two countries also strongly emphasised the need for democratic nations to join efforts to "effectively" deal with the problem of terrorism and favoured early adoption of the Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism (CCIT) by the UN.

Cooperation in nuclear and defence fields and enhancement of trade and economic ties dominated the discussions Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had with visiting Romanian President Traian Basescu here for about 90 minutes.

After the talks, Basescu said his country "fully understands and supports India's intention to expand its possibilities to generate civil nuclear power."

Romania is a member of the 45-nation NSG which is required to change rules to allow the international community to have civil nuclear cooperation with India.

"We appreciate very much India's openness in treating the issue of civil nuclear energy. That is why within the group of NSG, we support India," he said.

Romania joined countries like the US, UK, Russia, France and South Africa in supporting India's quest for civil nuclear cooperation with the international community.

"We have noticed, which is confirmed by realities, that we can develop strategic parternship with regard to energy and defence industry," Basescu said.