Bush urges Senate to pass Indo-US nuke accord

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Washington, Sep 28 (UNI) US President George Bush has urged the Senate to pass ''as quickly as possible'' the India-US nuclear agreement as passed last night by the House of Representatives to lift the 34-year-old global ban on sale of nuclear technology and fuel to India.

''I urge the Senate to quickly take up and pass this important piece of legislation before their October adjournment. Signing this bipartisan bill will help strengthen our partnership with India,'' he said in a statement last night.

He also congratulated the House of Representatives for passing H R 7081, the India-US Nuclear Cooperation Approval and Non proliferation Enhancement Act.

The passage of this legislation by the House is another major step forward in achieving the transformation of the US-India relationship, the President said.

He made it a point to thank the Members of Congress who helped pass this legislation, especially House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Howard Berman (Democrat) and Ranking Member Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (Republican).

''In addition, I would like to recognize the contributions of two great Americans and legislators, Congressmen Tom Lantos and Henry Hyde, who saw early on the importance of a strategic partnership with India and of bringing the people of our two great nations together through this initiative,''Mr Bush said.

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