'US committed to nuclear co-operation deal'

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Mumbai, Oct 29: Stating that the United States was committed to the nuclear co-operation agreement with India, US Treasury Secretary Henry M Paulson today said the agreement will provide India access to the technology that can help it reach economic and environmental objectives.

Speaking at the Indo-US CEO Forum Conference held here, Mr Paulson said, ''The historic agreement on civilian nuclear co-operation is an important part of the US-India relationship, and is beneficial for both the countries. India is one of the largest and most peaceful states with advanced nuclear technologies, and has been isolated from the rest of the world on nuclear issue.''

Adding that both India and the United States share the challenges of ensuring secure and clean energy supplies, the US Treasury Secretary said, ''We understand that economic growth and environment responsibility are necessary and compatible goals. Moving forward with the civilian nuclear agreement is one part of the solution.'' Mr Paulson said if the two countries were to be successful in meeting their energy and environmental challenges, it must be against a backdrop of a strong economy.

Acknowledging the challenges that the Government is facing from certain political quarters over the agreement, Mr Paulson said, ''This is something that our Government also shares, and we share the history of meeting and overcoming the difficulties.''

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