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Indo-US N-deal vital for bilateral relations: Pallone

The US Congressman said it would help strengthen energy security between the two nations.

india Updated: Feb 17, 2006 11:42 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

Backing the proposed Indo-US civilian nuclear accord, US Congressman Frank Pallone has said its implementation is important for bilateral relations.

Pallone said it would help strengthen energy security between the two nations.

The founder of the Congressional Caucus on India and Indian Americans also stressed that New Delhi has no record of proliferating dual-use nuclear technology and understands the danger of proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.

"The Bush administration has made separation of India's military and civilian nuclear facilities an important benchmark by which to judge India's seriousness. In separating these facilities and placing the civilian ones under safeguards, it shows India's commitment to its role in the global community", the Democrat said.

"...The US-India civil nuclear agreement strengthens energy security for both the US and India and promotes the development of stable and efficient energy markets in India to ensure adequate and affordable supplies. Development and expansion of US-India civil nuclear cooperation should, over time, lessen India's dependence on imported hydrocarbons, including those from Iran", he said in his address to the House of Representatives.

The New Jersey Democrat said the US has established a remarkable strategic partnership with India, and a civil nuclear cooperation would be a "great accomplishment."

"Its implementation is important for national security and for US-India relations. Our two nations have made extraordinary progress over the last several years, and the path that lies ahead is critical to our improving relationship", he said.

First Published: Feb 17, 2006 11:42 IST