No delay in implementation of nuclear deal: Rao

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Washington, Mar 16: Indian Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao said on Tuesday, Mar 16, that the implementation of the civil nuclear deal was 'proceeding smoothly and satisfactorily', adding that the civil nuclear liability bill may be introduced in the Parliament after the recess.

"As far as introduction of the civil nuclear liability bill in the Parliament is concerned, it is ready for introduction, and in all likelihood it would be introduced after the recess," Rao said in response to a question at the Woodrow Wilson Centre, a Washington-based think-tank.

Rao said that the India-US Civil Nuclear Agreement in 2008 was "a major definitive milestone in Indo-US relationship" and the two countries were in the process of operationalising the agreement.

"We are in the process of operationalising the agreement through close coordination between our two governments. They agreed to expedite US firms' participation in the implementation of this agreement," she said.

With reference to the joint statement issued during Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's visit to the US in Nov 2009, the Foreign Secretary said that both the countries expressed their views on peaceful use of nuclear energy.

"The two leaders reiterated their intention to realise the full potential of the India-US Agreement for Cooperation concerning the peaceful uses of nuclear energy through the implementation of its provisions."

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