Indo-US civil nuclear deal is proceeding smoothly: Nirupama Rao

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Washington, Mar. 16 (ANI): Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao has said that the implementation of the Indo-US civil nuclear deal is "proceeding smoothly and satisfactorily".

Rao, who is on a six-day official visit to Washington, addressed the meeting of USA-India High Technology Cooperation Group (HTCG) meeting, hosted by the US Chamber of Commerce.

"The implementation of civil nuclear deal is proceeding smoothly and satisfactorily that is first point I would like to make and as far the introduction of civil nuclear liability bill in Parliament is concerned it is ready for introduction and in all likelihood it will be introduced after recess," said Rao.

She also cautioned the international community that integration process in Afghanistan should only include the forces (Taliban) that have abandoned the path of violence and abide by the values of democracy.

"We believe that any integration process should include only those who abjure violence, give up arm struggle, terrorism and are willing to abide by the values of democracy, pluralism and human rights," she said.

"There is every risk otherwise that Taliban would resurrect themselves as they have in the past when we think that they have been defeated or we are rid-off their hardcore elements," added Rao," she added.

Seven Indians, including three Army officers, were killed and nine injured in the attack in Afghanistan on February 26. (ANI)

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