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Minor problems in N-deal will be sorted out soon: Manmohan

world Updated: Nov 25, 2009 23:28 IST

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A day after he held talks with President Barack Obama, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said that the US has assured India early implementation of the nuclear deal and stressed he was confident that "minor problems" over a key reprocessing pact would be sorted out soon.

"I had very good discussions...that the government of the US remains committed to an early implementation of the nuclear deal," Manmohan Singh told reporters when asked about the fate of the US nuclear deal.

"We agreed on the early and full implementation of our civil nuclear cooperation agreement. This paves the way for transfer of high technology items to India," he said at Hotel Willard, a historic heritage hotel where Manmohan Singh along with his family and delegation is staying in the US capital.

Manmohan Singh admitted that there are minor problems regarding a crucial agreement on finalising arrangements for reprocessing spent fuel, but underlined that these would be resolved in the next few weeks.

"There are some minor problems regarding reprocessing. There are no insurmountable problems," the prime minister said on the last day of his four-day trip to the US as the first state guest of the Obama White House.

"But I am confident that we can sort these out in the next few weeks," he said.

A day earlier he said only "Is remained to be dotted and Ts crossed" to complete the landmark civil nuclear deal.

The differences between the two sides had narrowed down to one and a half clauses in the draft text but the agreement may have to wait for some more time.

The conclusion of the reprocessing pact, a key US commitment under the 123 bilateral civil nuclear cooperation agreement, would pave the way for the resumption of atomic trade between the two countries. Last month, India announced two sites for US nuclear companies in Andhra Pradesh and Gujarat.

Manmohan Singh also informed the media persons that a civil liability legislation, an important Indian obligation under the 123 agreement, will be taken up by parliament in the ongoing winter session.

"The Indian cabinet has approved the civil liability legislation. We will be taking up the legislation in parliament," he said.

The liability legislation aims at limiting damages to American nuclear companies, that will be setting up nuclear business in India, in case of nuclear accidents.