India ends nuclear isolation, signs deal with France

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Moscow, Oct 1: Finally, France and India signed the Nuclear agreement in the presence of Manmohan Singh and Nicolas Sarkozy. Formally called the 'Co-operation Agreement Between the Government of the Republic of India and the Government of the French Republic on the Development of Peaceful Uses of Nuclear Energy,' the agreement was signed by Atomic Energy Commission Chairman Anil Kakodkar and French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner

Pitched as part of a wider strategic relationship, a joint statement released by both countries said co-operation is now possible in the areas of nuclear fuel, trade and security. The Prime Minister said the agreement added 'a new dimension to our strategic partnership'. Both India and France are committed to 'the highest standards of safety and security and in accordance with their respective nuclear policies and international obligations'.

Chairman of the Department of Atomic Energy, Anil Kakokdar, told sources that this was a big day for India. "I am a matter of fact man," he said, "but this view can enhance civil nuclear co-operation."

India's nuclear isolation officially ended on Tuesday, Sep 30, a historic date to remember for sure.

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