India downplays Obama’s remarks; won’t make hasty conclusions
Last Updated: Thursday, November 04, 2010, 20:01
Zeenews Bureau

New Delhi: India on Thursday said it will not make any "hasty conclusions" on the outcome of discussions with President Barack Obama on "complex" issues of outsourcing, seat for India in UN Security Council and withdrawal of US ban on export of dual-use technology.

Seeking to downplay Obama's remarks yesterday in which he did not hold out any assurances on these key concerns, Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao said it would be wrong to prejudge the US leader's discussions with the Indian leadership.

There has been a good "working progress" on elimination of obstacles created by dual-use controls of the US as governments of both countries were of the view that the issue need to be reviewed in order to reduce and "ultimately eliminate" it, Rao said.

She also disclosed that India has invited US companies to explain to them the provisions of its domestic civil nuclear liability law and address their concerns, if any, and also begin discussions on the next steps of implementation of civil nuclear power projects.

"A commercial delegation from the US is likely to visit India very shortly in this connection," Rao said. India was hopeful of participation of US companies in India's nuclear field.

Briefing the reporters about the high-profile visit, she said the Prime Minister looks forward to continuing his extremely productive dialogue with President Obama on a range of issues, including the global economic situation, the threat of terrorism, the challenges in India's neighbourhood, and the shared goals of sustained security, stability and prosperity in Asia.

"The US Administration under President Obama has expressed its commitment to strengthen Indo-US bilateral relations further, building upon the existing level of cooperation in various areas of bilateral and global engagement," she said.

She also rejected reports that the government was speaking in different voices over 26/11 intelligence sharing by the US, and asserted that there has been unprecedented bilateral counter-terror cooperation.

"I don't think the government is speaking in different voices. The bottomline is that there has been unprecedented cooperation," Rao said.

"We have not been denied any information," she added.

She was responding to a question on whether there were differences within the government over the nature of information sharing by the US over Pakistan-American David Headley's link to the Lashkar plan to target Mumbai.

Two days ago, National Security Adviser Shivshankar Menon had stressed that the access given by the US to Headley was "unprecedented". His remarks came days after Home Secretary GK Pillai voiced disappointment over the US not sharing specific information on Headley, that could have helped New Delhi avert the Nov 26, 2008, Mumbai mayhem and carnage.

-Agencies inputs

First Published: Thursday, November 04, 2010, 20:01

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