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N-deal may be inked during Rice trip

world Updated: Sep 27, 2008 16:24 IST

With the Indo-US nuclear deal entering the last lap, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will be in New Delhi on October three on a day-long visit during which the two sides are expected to sign the 123 Agreement.

Rice, whose visit has been pending for over a year, will hold talks with External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee on bilateral and regional issues.

The two leaders are also expected to sign the 123 Agreement if it gets the expected clearance from the US Congress by then, sources said in New Delhi on Saturday.

The US House of Representatives will vote on the agreement on Saturday while the Senate is expected to take up the matter on Monday.

The agreement was earlier expected to be signed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and US President George W Bush during the former's visit to Washington on Thursday.

However, it could not materialise as the Congressional nod got delayed due to procedures.

Prior to Rice's visit here, Mukherjee will be in New York from tomorrow on a four-day visit. He will attend the ongoing UN General Assembly besides meeting leaders of some countries.