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Top US senator praises PM, backs nuke deal

The PM has brought about reforms that have become a turning point in India's economic history, said the Senator.

india Updated: Feb 10, 2006 10:10 IST
Indo-Asian News Service
Indo-Asian News Service

Max Baucus, a top US senator, has lauded Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for taking the initiative to transform the India-US relations and backed the bilateral civil nuclear energy cooperation agreement.

"It is a good deal for both countries," Baucus said, referring to the historic civil nuclear energy deal signed during the Prime Minister's visit to the US last year.

Baucus, however, stressed on New Delhi's separation of civilian and military nuclear facilities and seeks transparency from the Government over the issue.

The Democrat senator from Montana, who headed a 20-member US delegation to India, was speaking at a meeting organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry and the American Chamber of Commerce.

"After years of strained relations during the Cold War, the relationship between India and the US appears to be on the right path," he stressed.

"Prime Minister Singh deserves much credit for helping to move relations with the US on to a better road," said Baucus, a member of the powerful US State Finance Committee.

"Both, now as prime minister and earlier as finance minister, Dr Singh helped steer India's economic reforms in what was to become the turning point in the economic history of India," added Baucus.

His approving remarks echoes comments of US senator and former Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry who last week backed the India-US nuclear deal, saying that it recognised India as a nuclear power.

First Published: Jan 16, 2006 18:51 IST