Pak seeks US cooperation in nuclear energy
Pakistan hoped to get a positive response during President George W Bush's visit to the region in March.india Updated: Jan 25, 2006 19:30 IST
Asserting that it is against proliferation of nuclear weapons, Pakistan has sought the US cooperation in the field of civilian-nuclear energy as being done in the case of India.
Pakistan hoped to get a positive response during President George W Bush's visit to the region in March.
At a luncheon meeting with Bush at the Oval Office in Washington on Tuesday, visiting Pakistan Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz said "we are against proliferation of nuclear weapons by anybody."
"We also strive for peace in our area. It's an area which has a lot of challenges, and we are pursuing peace with all our neighbours. We want solution of all disputes, including the Kashmir dispute," Aziz said.
"And we want to fight terrorism in all its forms and manifestations. There is no good terrorist or bad terrorist. and terrorism knows no borders. Our coalition with the United States in fighting terrorism is very important to all of the world and all of civil society," he said.
Bush and Aziz had a "wide ranging" discussion on issues covering defence cooperation, the long-term Pak-US strategic ties, talks with India and cooperation in civilian-nuclear energy in the wake of growing energy needs of Pakistan.
After the meeting, Aziz told Pakistani media that he took up the issue of according a civilian-nuclear deal to Pakistan during his talks with Bush.
Pakistan seeks the US assistance in acquisition of nuclear technology for peaceful purposes, he said, adding it plans to produce 8800 MW of electric energy through nuclear technology to meet its growing requirements in next 20 years.