India gave enough guarantees on peaceful uses of nuke energy: Socrates

December 1st, 2007 - 5:32 pm ICT by admin  

New Delhi, Dec 1 (ANI): Pointing out that it is high time for the world to acknowledge that India has given enough guarantees on peaceful uses of nuclear energy, Portuguese Prime Minister Jose Socrates today supported New Delhi s case in the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG).

At a joint press conference with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh after the India-Portugal bilateral summit, Socrates also backed New Delhis candidature for a permanent seat in the United Nations Security Council (UNSC).

Singh said, We are grateful to Portugal for its most friendly understanding and support to Indias candidature for permanent membership of an expanded UN Security Council.

I derive great satisfaction from the support received from the Prime Minister for civil nuclear cooperation and in the Nuclear Suppliers Group.

Asserting that India was looking forward to take the relationship with Portugal forward in all areas, Singh said the two leaders agreed to rekindle the historical links and build a strong, contemporary relationship that reflects the vast goodwill that our people have for each other and the immense potential that exists for bilateral collaboration.

We shared the view that the present level of bilateral trade at 397 million dollars is far below our potential. We agreed to make full use of the opportunities that are emerging from the rapid growth of India and the expansion of the European Union to actively enhance trade and investment, including by encouraging greater business-to-business interaction, Singh added.

Pointing out that Indian and Portuguese majors in the IT and pharmaceuticals sectors have recently entered each others markets, he said the two countries agreed to encourage more such investments.

They also discussed avenues for trilateral cooperation especially with the Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries. Both sides are already cooperating in the field of hydrocarbons in Angola.

They also decided to increase cooperation in the field of renewable energy.
Science and technology is yet another promising area in which we can pool our resources. There has been exchange of scientists and we would like to build upon this. We have identified high technology areas such as information technology, biotechnology, bio-informatics and nanotechnology as focus areas for joint collaboration, Singh said, adding that for this, the two countries would re-energize the existing inter-governmental mechanisms.

He said that parliamentary exchanges between the two countries were an intrinsic element of the mutual desire to broad-base the bilateral relations. Singh added that their respective Parliaments have constituted Friendship Groups, and agreed that this initiative deserved full support.

Announcing that New Delhi and Lisbon have also agreed to promote greater bilateral exchanges in the fields of sport, culture and tourism, he said: We welcomed the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between the All India Football Federation and the Portuguese Professional Football League. I am sure all football lovers in India will welcome this.

There is also immense scope for working together in the area of restoration and conservation of our cultural heritage, he added.

Singh also conveyed to Socrates Indias admiration for Portugals tolerant and open society.
The richness of Portuguese culture in Goa, Daman and Diu is well known to every Indian, and we celebrate this legacy, Singh said. (ANI)

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