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Burns urges US Congress to ratify India nuke deal

"India can be trusted, to keep up its commitments," Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Nicholas Burns said.

india Updated: Mar 23, 2006 11:04 IST

Emphasising that India is now a "singularly important" US foreign policy priority, Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Nicholas Burns urged the US Congress to ratify the landmark Indo-US civil nuclear deal in the interest of global security and non-proliferation.

"India can be trusted, to keep up its commitments," Burns said.

Pointing to the flourishing economic and political ties between the two nations, he said, "The relationship between India and the United States is singularly important for our society and for the future of American foreign policy. We think, frankly, that one of the most important strategic initiatives of the United States in the last few years has been the opening to India."

Addressing a press conference at the Foreign Press Center in Washington on March 22, Burns said they are convinced this deal is positive for United States national security interest because it will help cement strategic partnership with India, which is very important for global interests.

"Secondly, it will provide a net gain for our hope to strengthen the proliferation regime because it will bring into the proliferation system for the first time in 30 years, one of the largest countries in the world and a country that hopes to have one of the largest civil, peaceful nuclear power industries in the future and that's India," he said.