Bush invites PM to Washington on Sep 25

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Washington, Sep 11: US President Bush invited Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Thursday, Sep 25 to Washington for further talks on Indo-US Nuclear deal. If sources are to be believed, Manmohan-Bush could sign Nuclear deal in September.

President Bush invited PM to strenghten stratergic partnership between two countries. Bush is set work with US Congress for passing 123 pact. Bush submitted the Indo-US Nuclear deal to US congress on Thursday, Sep 11 morning for final approval. The speed of the developemnts indicates Bush administration is on full-throttle to pass the Nuclear deal by Sep 25.

Before sending the deal to the Congress, US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rica had contacted leaders of the House who were known to have opposing views over the deal.

The White House said in a statement that it was transmitting the text of the agreement and other relevant documents to lawmakers, who returned to work on Monday, Sep 15 after their August recess and are expected to leave Washington again in late September to campaign for US Presidential elections.

"The proposed Agreement provides a comprehensive framework for US peaceful nuclear cooperation with India," the statement read. "It permits the transfer of information, non-nuclear material, nuclear material, equipment (including reactors) and components for nuclear research and nuclear power production. It does not permit transfers of any restricted data.

The agreement "will remain in force for a period of 40 years and will continue in force thereafter for additional periods of 10 years each unless either party gives notice to terminate it six months before the end of a period," it said, adding that either party can end the agreement before that "on one year's written notice to the other party."

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