'US firm on Indo-US civilian nuclear deal'
US Secretary of Treasury Henry M Paulson, Jr, declared in Mumbai on Monday that the US remains "committed to the historic Indo-US agreement on civilian nuclear co-operation which would be beneficial to both the countries."
"We understand that economic growth and environmental responsibility are necessary, compatible goals. Moving forward with the civilian nuclear agreement is one part of the solution," said Paulson.
"This (nuclear) agreement will provide India access to the technology which can help it reach its economic and environmental objectives. The US remains committed to this agreement," he asserted.
His comments assume significance in the backdrop of former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger's visit to India. Kissinger met Bharatiya Janata Party leader LK Advani in New Delhi and discussed the nuclear issue.
In a separate meeting, US Ambassador to India David Mulford met BJP president Rajnath Singh regarding the same issue.
Paulson called on West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharya in Kolkata Sunday and discussed the Indo-US nuclear deal, which is stalled mainly due to opposition from the Left.