N-deal after consultation with allies: Cong

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New Delhi, Feb 20 (UNI) In view of the deadline set by the United States for India to clear the nuclear deal, the Congress today said the UPA Government would do what was in the best interest of the country and in consultation with its allies.

''The nuclear deal is very good for the country and will open up a bright future (for us).... Our agenda is determined by what is best for the country and in consultation with the allies,'' Congress spokesperson Jayanti Natarajan told reporters.

Asked whether that would mean the views of the allies, particularly the Left parties which were strongly opposed to the deal, would prevail, she said a coordination panel had been set up where the issue was being discussed.

Earlier in the day, three US senators-- Joseph R Biden (Democrat) who is Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, John Kerry (Democract) and Chuch Hagel (Republican)-- met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and said if the agreement was not ratified by July, the next US Government would re-negotiate the terms and conditions.

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