India, UK engage for civil nuclear agreement

Last Updated: Tuesday, February 19, 2013 - 15:01

New Delhi: India and Britain have decided to commence negotiations on a bilateral civil nuclear agreement, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said Tuesday.
Speaking to media after meeting the visiting British premier, rime Minister Manmohan Singh said: "I thanked Prime Minister (David) Cameron for the UK`s support for India`s full membership of the Nuclear Suppliers Group and other multilateral export control regimes."
"We have also decided to commence negotiations on a bilateral civil nuclear agreement," said Singh.

Cameron is in India on a three-day official visit.

The two leaders also discussed the prospects of enhanced cooperation in the development of the defence industrial base of India through greater emphasis on technology transfer, co-development and co-production.

"I have sought his (Cameron) support in ensuring an early conclusion of a fair, balanced and forward looking broad-based India-EU trade and investment agreement, which will open new opportunities for trade and investment between our two countries," said Manmohan Singh.

"Education and science and technology are special areas of India-UK cooperation. I have impressed upon the prime minister (Cameron), the need for a visa regime that facilitates greater movement of people between our two countries so that this cooperation can be further energized," he said.

IANS



First Published: Tuesday, February 19, 2013 - 15:01

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