US Treasury Secretary urges India to move ahead with nuke deal

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Amtala(W Bengal), Oct 28 (UNI) US Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson today urged India to move ahead with the bilateral civilian nuclear deal ''as quickly as possible'' after resolving the internal political controversy raging over the issue.

''You have to work through your own internal political decision..... The US will not put undue pressure on India and it's up to India to adopt the treaty.

''However, we think this is a very important deal and I would encourage you to move forward as quickly as possible,'' he told reporters here.

Mr Paulson was attending a function, highlighting the need to cover more of the country's poor people under the formal banking system.

The US Government believed that the nuke deal was important for India's economic growth, energy security and environmental protection, he said.

The US Treasury Secretary, who was here as part of his four-day trip to India, later called on West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee for a 40-minute meeting at the state Secretariat.

Neither he, nor the chief minister, however, briefed reporters on what issues came up in the meeting.

Mr Paulson will be visiting Mumbai and Delhi for the next two days to attend economic conferences and meet Finance Minister P Chidambaram besides other important personalities.


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