We still have miles to go before N-deal: Saran

On the eve of Bush's visit, India said it needed certain degree of clarity on mutual commitments on nuclear deal.
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Updated on Feb 28, 2006 08:30 PM IST
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On the eve of President George W Bush's visit, India on Tuesday said it needed certain degree of clarity on mutual commitments on the nuclear deal.

This was needed to make sure that there were no ambiguities that may create difficulties in the future.

"We still have a short distance to cover," Foreign Secretary Shyam Saran told reporters about the follow-up agreement on the Indo-US nuclear deal reached in July last year during the visit to Washington by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

"If necessary, we will of course continue the negotiations beyond the forthcoming visit, he said.

Bush arrives in New Delhi on Wednesday on a three-day visit during which the two sides are expected to sign several documents to enhance cooperation in agriculture, biotechnology, science and technology, energy and other areas.

"We have managed to make considerable progress. We still have some distance to go. This is a complicated and complex issue," he said.

"Our effort has been not to leave unfinished business which could create difficulties for us later on," he contended.

"So, we need a certain degree of clarity on our mutual commitments. We need to make sure there are no ambiguities which may create difficulties for us in the future," Saran said.

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