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Bush, Singh agree to forge ahead on nuclear pact

world Updated: Jul 24, 2008 21:52 IST

US President George W Bush telephoned Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Thursday to discuss joint efforts to forge ahead on their countries' controversial nuclear deal, the White House said.

"Both leaders expressed their desire to see the US-India civil nuclear issue move forward as expeditiously as possible," US National Security Council spokesman Gordon Johndroe said in a statement.

Bush told Singh "he looks forward to continuing to work with his government to strengthen the United States India strategic relationship," Johndroe said, adding that they had also discussed stalled World Trade Organizations talks.