Washington, Sep 28: Indian Americans in United States hailed the landmark decision by the US House of Representatives to clear the Indo-US nuclear deal for Senate approval. The US-India Political Action Committee (USINPAC) on behalf of the over 2.5 million strong Indian American community applauded passage of the US-India nuclear agreement.
''This agreement will allow for the transfer of US civilian nuclear technology to India and further civil nuclear cooperation between the two countries,'' it said in a statement on Saturday, Sep 27 night. The agreement has been in progress since July 2005. In December 2006, the US Congress passed the Henry J Hyde US-India Peaceful Atomic Energy Cooperation Act, which provided a framework in US law for facilitating civil nuclear cooperation with India.
Congressman Frank Pallone (D-NJ), who is one of the original founders of the caucus on India and Indian Americans said, USINPAC has been at the forefront of the Indo-US nuclear deal.
USINPAC Chairman Sanjay Puri said, ''The Indian American community is grateful for the work of President George W Bush, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and the members of US Congress in seeing this historic agreement implemented.