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India, US to review nuclear deal

Manmohan will raise India's concerns on US legislation when he meets Bush.

india Updated: Jul 17, 2006 01:05 IST

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has said he will discuss with US President George W Bush on Monday the concerns raised by India on the US legislation for a civilian nuclear cooperation between the two countries.

"With President Bush, I will review the developments since his visit to our country in March," the prime minister told on Sunday the accompanying Indian media persons on way to attend the G8 Summit of the leaders of industrialised countries in St Petersburg.

"We will discuss the progress of the legislation for granting permanent waiver in the US Congress and our concerns about certain aspects of that legislation which have already been conveyed to the US Government at all levels," Manmohan Singh said.

"I will have an opportunity to discuss these matters with President Bush. Our cooperation in the field of economic issues, agriculture and science and technology is moving in the right lines," he said on board Air India One.

"I see enormous possibilities of strengthening our economic relationship," added the prime minister, who is a special invitee to the summit, along with the leaders of China, South Africa, Mexico, Brazil, Kazakhstan and Congo.

The prime minister said India also has the support of other rich countries in getting technology and fuel for civilian nuclear energy - though the progress in this regard would have to wait for an approval from Washington.

"We have the support of Russia, France, the UK. The nuclear cooperation process we started with the US should move forward," the prime minister said, referring to the deal that was formally conceived on July 18 last year during Manmohan Singh's visit to Washington.

"Once the US Congress passes the necessary legislation, the matter will be taken to the Nuclear Suppliers Group. We expect Russia, US, France and Britain to be firmly on our side."