US Ambassador meets senior officials in PMO over nuclear deal

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New Delhi, Jun 24 (UNI) Amid hectic political parleys on the Indo-US nuclear deal, US Ambasssador to India David Mulford today met senior officials in the Prime Minister's Office and discussed the recent developments on the issue.

The meeting lasted about 30 minutes, sources said.

Although officials could not confirm what was discusssed at the meeting, the sources said the talks revolved around the nuclear issue.

''We are not commenting on the Ambassador's meeting,'' a US Embassy spokesman said.

The meeting, on the eve as the crucial UPA-Left discussions, is significant in view of the hectic political developments during the past few days.

The government has made clear its determination to go ahead with the deal while the Left is sticking to its stand.

UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi held discussions with key allies as speculation rose about early elections.

Ms Gandhi met NCP President Sharad Pawar, RJD leader Lalu Prasad and Lok Janshakti Party chief Ram Vilas Paswan to break the deadlock on the issue.

The leaders expressed support to the deal but said they were not in favour of early elections.

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