Top French bureaucrat says his country will sell uranium to India

January 18th, 2009 - 1:52 pm ICT by ANI  

New Delhi, Jan.18 (ANI): Jean-David Levitte, French President Nicholas Sarkozy’’s diplomatic advisor, said on Saturday that his country would sell 300 tonnes of uranium to India.
Levitte arrived in India to review bilateral, regional and international strategic issues.
Addressing reporters in India’’s national capital Levitte said that India was receiving such a huge quantity of uranium after three decades.
“We will sell to India 300 tonnes of uranium which is, I think for the first time in 34 years that a foreign country is selling to India uranium,” said Levitte.
He also added that France would provide full cooperation to the Indian nuclear energy programme in line with the nuclear deal signed last year. When asked about the French stand on the terror attacks in Mumbai, Levitte said France wanted Pakistan to offer full cooperation in the investigation.
“What we want from Pakistan is full cooperation, total cooperation and I will not go beyond. I think it is the least, we as a democracy as a friend of India, should ask and I think it is in the interest of Pakistan to demonstrate full cooperation,” he said.
Ties between nuclear-armed Pakistan and India, which have fought three wars since 1947, have deteriorated sharply after coordinated attacks by 10 gunmen on the Indian city of Mumbai in late November that killed 179 people.
The French diplomat asked India and Pakistan to start the stalled dialogue process.
“What we hold for retrained, what we told for, at the appropriate moment the resumption of the composite dialogue, which was a key ambition and it should be the key ambition for the two countries which have to live side by side,” Levitte said.
After Mumbai militant strikes in November last year, India has imposed a “pause” on a peace process that began in 2004.
Pakistan has said it regrets the move but there is nothing it can do if its interlocutor doesn”t want to talk. For the time being, a resumption of the peace process would be unpopular with the Indian public so the pause is likely to last at least until May elections in India. (ANI)

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