Indo-US deal to help US companies deepen ties with India: Bohigian

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Mumbai, Sep 11 (UNI) The Indo-US nuclear deal, which in the final lap of its long and arduous journey, awaiting ratification of the US Congress, will help the American companies deepen their ties with the Indian market, US Assistant Secretary of State David Bohigian said today.

Talking to newspersons here at the conclusion of his week-long Clean Energy Trade Mission to India, Mr Bohigian expressed confidence that the Congress would adopt the legislation, under the Hyde Act, sent by President George Bush in due course.

''President Bush and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice pushed the deal very hard and the Nuclear Suppliers Group also expressed its determination to reach the point we are in today,'' he said. At the same time, it would also help US companies deepen their ties with India, he added.

He said the deal would open billions of dollars worth of opportunities. He also recalled that way back in 2006, a number of US companies had visited India to discuss the opportunities in civil nuclear cooperation.

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