Washington: Describing the Indo-US nuclear
deal as part of a broader strategic dialogue between the two
countries, the Obama administration has said it wants India to
be a major player in its overall non-proliferation efforts and
views the country as a "full partner" on the issue.
"We want them (India) to really be a major player at the
table in trying to figure out how, starting from where we are
right now, we go forward in an effective, verifiable manner to
reinstate a non-proliferation regime that can prevent further
countries acquiring nuclear weapons, or even peaceful nuclear
capacity without the safeguards that we envision," Secretary
of State Hillary Clinton said.
"So we see India as a full partner in this effort, and we
look forward to working with them as we try to come up with
the 21st century version of the NPT," she said at the US
Institute of Peace last evening in response to a question on
Indo-US civilian nuclear deal and the commitment of the Obama
Administration towards this.
The Indo-US nuclear deal, Clinton said, is embedded in a
broader strategic dialogue that the US is engaged in
with the Indians.
"We view our relationship as one that is comprehensive
and very deep in terms of the issues that we wish to explore
with our Indian counterparts in the areas where we are either
already or look to cooperate," Clinton said.