Bush hails N-deal passage by US Senate

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Washington, Oct 2: George W Busg the US President on Thursday, Oct 2 hailed the Senate's approval of the Indo-US civil nuclear deal and said that it would strengthen global efforts to stall the spread of nuclear weapons.

"This legislation will strengthen our global nuclear non-proliferation efforts, protect the environment, create jobs, and assist India in meeting its growing energy needs in a responsible manner." said the US President in a statement made here. Bush added that he was looking forward to sign the bill into law and continue to strengthen the US-India strategic partnership.

Soon after the Senate endorsed the nuclear accord the White House issued the statement removing the final legislative hurdle for resumption of civilian nuclear trade between the two countries after three decades.

The US Senate voted 86-13 to give an overwhelming approval to the deal and lifted a ban on civilian nuclear trade imposed after India first conducted a nuclear test explosion at Pokhran in 1974.

The US House of Representatives has already approved the 123 Agreement by a 298-117 vote during the weekend.

The agreement is expected to help provide critical energy to fuel India's booming economy.

ANI

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