US for India’s full partnership in NPT efforts: Hillary
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Last Updated: Thursday, October 22, 2009, 18:27
  
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.

Bureau Report


First Published: Thursday, October 22, 2009, 18:27


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