US rules out possibility of nuclear deal with Pakistan

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Washington, Oct 20: The White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest has denied a civil nuclear deal with Pakistan, similar to the Indo-US atomic agreement.

Civil nuclear deal between US and Pakistan was reported to take place during Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's visit here.

US downplays n-deal with Pakistan

"About the sort of reports that the United States and Pakistan were planning a (civil nuclear deal) -- or published reports indicated that there may be a breakthrough in this regard, and I would significantly reduce your expectations about that occurring on Thursday," White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest was quoted as saying.

Earnest said President Barack Obama is looking forward to welcoming Sharif to the White House later this week.

"There are a range of issues that are important for us to discuss, including the announcement that the President made last week about our strategy in Afghanistan moving forward," he said.

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"We certainly have an important security relationship, and the security cooperation between our two countries is beneficial to the safety and security of the citizens in both our countries, and I'm confident that will be the focal point of discussions," Earnest said.

OneIndia News (With inputs from agency)

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