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It's for US to take N-deal forward: PM

Foreign Secy Saran is currently in Washington to clear doubts of several US lawmakers regarding the deal.

india Updated: Mar 30, 2006 00:59 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has said that it was now up to the United States to take the Indo-US nuclear deal forward.

"It is for the US administration to decide. The matter is with the US Congress," Singh said when asked whether Saran is visiting the US to drum up support for the passage of nuclear deal.

The Prime Minister replied that the Foreign Secretary was on a "normal visit" to the US.

Saran is in Washington seeking to clear the doubts that several American lawmakers have with regard to the deal, besides holding talks with Bush Administration officials.

Saran will meet Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Nicholas Burns to discuss next steps in civil nuclear cooperation.

He will also meet some US Congress members seeking to clear the doubts they have with regard to the civil nuclear deal.

India's impeccable record on non-proliferation front is expected to be highlighted by the Foreign Secretary who is visiting the US at a time when the American Congress is debating a legislation to allow trade with India in nuclear technology.

First Published: Mar 29, 2006 18:40 IST