Ghana assures India of support in IAEA board

July 27th, 2008 - 1:03 am ICT by IANS  

A file-photo of Manmohan Singh

New Delhi, July 26 (IANS) India Saturday took its nuclear diplomacy to Africa as Ghana assured New Delhi of its support in the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) board. Minister of State for External Affairs Anand Sharma met the Ghanian President John Kufur at Accra and discussed a host of bilateral issues and sought his country’s support in the crucial meeting of the IAEA board Aug 1 at Vienna, a statement from the external affairs ministry said.

The IAEA board will decide on approving an India-specific safeguards pact, a key step towards making operational the India-US civilian nuclear deal.

Sharma, who is in Africa as Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s envoy to garner support from countries that are members of the IAEA board and the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), will also be travelling to Ethiopia and South Africa.

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