Rice seeks Congress' nod for nuke deal
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Rice seeks Congress' nod for nuke deal

US Secretary of State said the agreement would transform the partnership between US and India.

india Updated: Mar 13, 2006 14:05 IST

Seeking Congress support to amend laws for implementation of the historic Indo-US nuclear agreement, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on Monday said it was a strategic achievement which will strengthen international security.

"We are consulting extensively with Congress as we seek to amend the laws needed to implement the agreement," Rice said in an article in 'The Washington Post'.

"This is an opportunity that should not be missed," Rice added.

"Looking back decades from now, we will recognise this moment as the time when America invested the strategic capital needed to recast its relationship with India.

Rice said the agreement was a strategic achievement which will strengthen international security, enhance energy security and environmental protection.

The deal would also foster economic and technological development and help transform the partnership between the world's oldest and the world's largest democracy.

Asserting that a thriving, democratic India will be a pillar of Asia's progress, shaping its development for decades, she said, "this is a future that America wants to share with India, and there is not a moment to lose."

Our civilian nuclear agreement is an essential step towards our goal of transforming America's partnership with India.

"For too long during the past century, differences over domestic policies and international purposes kept India and the United States estranged."

First Published: Mar 13, 2006 14:05 IST