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IAEA welcomes Indo-US nuclear agreement

IAEA chief Mohamed ElBaradei said the agreement is an important step towards satisfying India's growing need for energy.

india Updated: Mar 02, 2006 19:30 IST

The director of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on Thursday welcomed a nuclear agreement between India and the United States, saying it would boost non-proliferation efforts.

"This agreement is an important step towards satisfying India's growing need for energy, including nuclear technology and fuel, as an engine for development," IAEA chief Mohamed ElBaradei said in a statement.

"It would also be a step forward towards universalisation of the international safeguards regime," he said, adding it would make India "an important partner in the non-proliferation regime."

ElBaradei called the deal a milestone and timely agreement "to consolidate the non-proliferation regime, combat nuclear terrorism and strengthen nuclear safety."

"This agreement would serve the interests of both India and the international community," he said.