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India declines to comment on Senate panel nod for n-deal

world Updated: Sep 25, 2008 10:09 IST

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India on Thursday insisted that it would not like to comment on the "internal process" in the US Congress that may have a bearing on the Indo-US nuclear deal getting its approval before Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's visit to Washington later on Thursday night.

"I would not like to comment on their internal process," Foreign Secretary Shivshanker Menon told reporters when asked for the Indian government's reaction to a Senate Foreign Relations Committee giving the green light for the landmark accord.

The move by the Senate Committee has given a glimmer of hope for the 123 agreement to be approved to coincide with Singh's meeting with President George W Bush at the White House.

"We are not going to comment on what they (Congress) do internally," he said.

Menon also reiterated the government's position that "we have the right to (nuclear) test and they (US) have the right to react."