India likely to sign civil nuclear deal with FranceSeptember 28th, 2008 - 7:53 pm ICT by ANI
By Naveen Kapoor
Onboard Air India One, Sept 28 (ANI): Just few hours after getting a nod of approval from the US Congress on the Indo-US civil nuclear cooperation deal. India is likely to sign another deal on similar lines with France which is arguably the biggest player in the filed of nuclear energy.
Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh told reporter today that he is likely to sign civil nuclear deal with France during his visit.
Dr. Singh said, I am looking forward to my meeting with French President Nicolas Sarkozy who is the Chairperson of the European Union. He will be presiding over the India EU summit, and then we have the bilateral summit. We have already initiated a framework agreement on bilateral civil cooperation on nuclear energy; it is likely to be signed during my visit.
Indian Prime Minister is on two-day France visit from today, during his visit he will attend the India EU summit and is scheduled to hold bilateral meetings with President Sarkozy and French premier.
The signing of agreement is likely to take place in Paris on October 30.
Earlier this year in January when French President visited India , both the leaders issued a joint statement declaring cooperation in the field of nuclear energy and to move on beyond the buyer seller relationship.
Although after getting the approval on the India specific safeguard from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and a waiver from the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) it became apparent that India will go ahead signing the civil nuclear agreement with France and Russia but the only ethical obstacle was the US Congressional nod which India has got today. (ANI)
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