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US considers India nuclear deal important

Bush's press secretary says it reflects the growing importance of each country to the other as a partner and an ally.

india Updated: Dec 16, 2006 09:48 IST

With President George Bush set to sign the law on India-US nuclear deal on Monday, White House said it reflected the growing importance of each country to the other as a partner and an ally.

"Of course it is. It's hugely important," Bush's press secretary Tony Snow told reporters on Friday in response to a question whether the signing of the law on the nuclear deal was a big thing as far as US-India relations are concerned.

"I think it reflects not only the growing importance of India as a partner and ally with the United States, but I think we hope the growing importance of the United States also as an ally with India," he said.

"You've got an expanding economy; you've got the largest democracy on the face of the Earth. It is a nation that has a democracy that accommodates a wide variety of religions and cultural groups and racial groups. And so it's very important to us that we continue to deepen our relationship with India," Snow said.

The White House has invited a large chunk of the Indian American community that lobbied hard for the India deal besides a few US diplomats and academics with close links to India and representatives of the American business community for Monday's signing ceremony.