India initiates steps for commercial 'N' coop. with NSG members

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New Delhi, Sep 11 (UNI) Acting fast after the waiver by the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), India has initiated steps for commercial cooperation with member countries of the 45-nation nuclear cartel in civilian nuclear field and has commenced a preliminary dialogue with US companies for state-of-the-art technologies, the government announced here today.

An External Affairs Ministry spokesman said here India had informed the United States about its intent to source state-of-the-art nuclear technologies and facilities based on the provisions of the 123 agreement.

''We have informed the US about our intent to source state-of-the-art nuclear technologies and facilities based on the provisions of the 123 Agreement from the US,'' the spokesman added.

He said the Government is also moving towards finalising bilateral agreements with the other friendly partner countries like France and Russia.

While actual cooperation would commence after bilateral agreements like the 123 Agreement come into force, the Nuclear Power Corporation of India had already commenced a preliminary dialogue with US companies in this regard, the spokesman said.

''In view of the public interest in developments relating to our civil nuclear initiative, I can inform you that following the NSG statement which enables civil nuclear cooperation by NSG members with India, the Government is taking steps to realize commercial cooperation with foreign partners in this field,'' the spokesman said.

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