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India, France civil nuclear energy pact enters into force

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

New Delhi, Jan 15, IRNA -- India and France nuclear energy pact for the peaceful uses of nuclear energy entered into force on Friday.

The pact came into force after Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao and French Ambassador Jerome Bonnafont exchanged the instruments of ratification of the agreement between the two governments signed in Paris on September 30, 2008, said a release issued by External Affairs Ministry in New Delhi.

In accordance with the provisions of the agreement, it enters into force on the date of exchange of instruments of ratification.

The entry into force of the Agreement gives a new impetus to the Indo-French partnership and will further strengthen the deep ties of friendship and longstanding cooperation between the two countries.

“As responsible States with advanced nuclear technologies, India and France intend to develop multifaceted civil nuclear cooperation covering a wide range of activities including nuclear power projects, fuel supply, Research and Development (R&D), nuclear safety, education and training”, said the release.

Parliament of France, which was the first country to sign a civil nuclear cooperation agreement with India within days of lifting of the international nuclear trade embargo on it in 2008, ratified the agreement in November last year.

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