PM may ink civil N-deal with Canada today

PM Manmohan Singh is all set to sign a nuclear deal with Canada.

Zeenews Bureau

Toronto: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is all set to break down the wall of distrust between New Delhi and Toronto build 36 years ago when Canada had accused India of using plutonium from reactors it had supplied for the 1974 nuclear test during the Indira Gandhi regime.

Dr Singh, who is here to attend the G20 summit, is expected to sign a civil nuclear deal with Canada later today.

The new deal will pave the way for supply of uranium and cooperation in research, development, waste management and radiation safety in atomic sector.

If the deal goes through, Canada would be the latest country with which India inks civil nuclear deal since the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) allowed New Delhi to resume global nuclear trade in September 2008.

India has already signed similar agreements with countries like the US, France and Russia.

Besides the nuclear deal, both the countries are also expected to sign Memorandum of Understandings, which will give a fresh impetus to the economic and commercial cooperation between the two sides in the areas of science and technology, health, agriculture and culture.

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper will also host a special dinner in honour of Dr Singh which is expected to be attended by over 400 dignitaries.

"Canada and India are developing the tremendous potential of our relationship by rapidly expanding commercial, cultural and educational ties," Harper had said in a statement.

"I look forward to working with Prime Minister Singh to further capitalise on our shared strengths," Harper added.

Dr Singh will also have separate meetings with US President Barack Obama, British Prime Minister David Cameron, French President Nicolas Sarkozy and Japan`s Prime Minister Naoto Kan.

Planning Commission deputy chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia and National Security Advisor Shiv Shankar Menon are also part of the Indian delegation.