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US Undersecretary Burns, Saran discuss nuke deal

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

New Delhi, Oct 21, IRNA
Visiting US Undersecretary of State Nicholas Burns Friday met India's Foreign Secretary Shyam Saran and discussed steps to take forward the landmark Indo-US nuclear deal.

Under the agreement reached between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and President George Bush in Washington in July, India has agreed to separate its nuclear and military facilities and the US has pledged to change its domestic laws to resume nuclear supplies to Indian reactors.

Ahead of his visit, Burns said, "My trip to New Delhi is to focus on agreement on a timetable that will lead to decisions in the US Congress to change our law and ultimate decision of the Indian government to meet their commitment."
"This cooperation that we are extending to India is unique to India. It is not going to be replicated to other countries," Burns had said in Paris.

"By the time Bush visits India early winter 2006, you will see both meet our commitments and then the president and prime minister will be in a position to put this agreement into effect," Burns had earlier told the Asia Society in New York.


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