UK, France support Indo-US N-deal

Russia has also expressed support for deal with US while other NSG members are yet to formalise their position.

india Updated: Nov 30, 2006 17:47 IST

Britain, France and Russia have expressed support for civil nuclear cooperation between India and the US while other Nuclear Supplier Group members are yet to formalise their position, Rajya Sabha was informed on Thursday.

While the US is working with NSG members to adjust its guidelines to enable full civil nuclear energy cooperation with India, New Delhi has taken up the issue bilaterally with a number of NSG member countries, External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee said in a written reply.

He said it was an ongoing process.

Mukherjee described the position of different members of the European Union and the Nuclear Suppliers Group with regard to civil nuclear cooperation as "evolving".

He said an Indian delegation made a presentation to the NSG Consultative Group meeting in Vienna in October, 2006.

"As a result of our efforts, several important countries of the NSG have expressed their understanding for the initiative", Mukherjee said.

First Published: Nov 30, 2006 17:47 IST