Indo-US N-deal likely to be signed by Sep. 25, Bush invites Manmohan

September 11th, 2008 - 8:14 pm ICT by ANI  

Manmohan Singh

Washington, Sep 11 (ANI): US President George W Bush has invited Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to Washington on September 25.

Sources have revealed that Bush hopes to get the nuclear deal through Congress by the time Manmohan Singh visits America and will then go on to sign the deal.

Meanwhile, the text of a proposed US-India nuclear agreement has been sent to Congress for final approval. Before sending the deal to the Congress, US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rica had contacted leaders of the House who were known to have opposing views over the deal.

The proposed deal, signed by President George W Bush and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in July 2005, offers India access to Western technology and cheap atomic energy as long as it allows UN nuclear inspections of some of its nuclear facilities.

The agreement “will remain in force for a period of 40 years and will continue in force thereafter for additional periods of 10 years each unless either party gives notice to terminate it six months before the end of a period,” it said, adding that either party can end the agreement before that “on one year’’s written notice to the other party.” (ANI)

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