Indo-US Nuclear deal tabled in House of Representatives

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Washington, Sep 25: The Indo-US nuclear deal has been tabled in the United States House of Representatives on Thursday, Sep 25. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, the Florida Congresswoman and the Ranking Republican on the House of Foreign Affairs Committe introduced the bill to the House.

M K Narayanan, the National Security Advisor and Shyam Saran the Forreign Secretary have left for Washington. They will meet United National Security Advisor tp push the N-deal. The introduction of the Senate version of the US-India Bill in the House comes on the eve of the visit of Prime Minister Singh to Washington for a crucial meeting with President Bush at the White House. The Agreement in the House is identical to the Senate Bill. In about less than twenty-four hours the bill may get to get approval of House of Senate.

However, there may be some changes in the language of the Senate Bill. The Senate Bill says that US will prevent transfer of nuclear material or technology if India conduct tests. It also says that the deal will be subject to provisions of the Hyde act and other US law.

Reports say that though there are tough negotiations going on behind the scenes, India had made its reservations clear to United States. Sources said that the final statement by President George W Bush can override any change of language in the Senate Bill, sources told.

India has said that the changes in Senate Bill is America's internal business and they remain bound only by 123 Agreement.


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