Bush hopeful of Congress approval of Indo-US nuclear deal

September 8th, 2008 - 10:57 pm ICT by IANS  

Washington, Sep 8 (Xinhua) US President George W. Bush is hopeful that the Congress will approve the US-India civilian nuclear cooperation agreement before his term ends early next year, US National Security Council spokesman Gordon Johndroe said Monday.”We will work with the Congress to get this agreement approved. We’re hopeful,” he said.

Bush has welcomed Saturday’s approval by the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) to lift nuclear trade embargo against India, a move that will pave the way for the Congress approval of the US-Indian civilian nuclear cooperation deal.

Under the deal signed by the US and India in March 2006, India will get access to US civil nuclear technology on the condition that India is to separate nuclear facilities for civilian and military use and open its nuclear facilities for inspection.

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