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India seeks China's support over nuke deal

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

New Delhi, July 31, IRNA


Ahead of the crucial IAEA meet this week to discuss an India-specific safeguards agreement, India's Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh has written separate letters to Chinese President Hu Jintao and Premier Wen Jiabao apparently seeking their support for the Indo-US nuke deal at the UN atomic watchdog and the NSG.

According to official media reports, Minister of State in Prime Minister's Office Prithviraj Chavan, who is in Beijing to seek a non- committal Beijing's backing for the deal on Tuesday handed over Singh's letters addressed to Hu and Wen to Chinese State Councilor Dai Bingguo during an hour-long meeting with him.

"The Prime Minister has sent his envoys to all the 45 countries of the NSG. In this particular case, the PM addressed letters to President Hu Jintao and Premier Wen Jiabao."

He (Chavan) said his "main meeting" was with Dai where "I handed over letters from the Prime Minister."

During his meetings here which came ahead of the 1st August IAEA session to discuss India's case and the subsequent NSG meet, Chavan said "we emphasized that it was an international nuclear deal to end India's nuclear isolation and not about India-US deal."

Describing his meeting with Dai as "good", he said the Chinese side maintained that they had no objections to any country going for peaceful nuclear development as long as non-proliferation concerns were addressed.

Beijing recently said it was studying the India-specific IAEA safeguards agreement.

China is studying the draft safeguards agreement between India and IAEA.

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