Former PM Gujral welcomes NSG waiver

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New Delhi, Sept 6 : Former Prime Minister Inder Kumar Gujral tonight welcomed the waiver given by the 45-nation Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) to the US-India civil nuclear cooperation deal.

Reacting to the NSG's decision Mr. Gujral said: "I have always supported the nuclear deal as it ends India's nuclear isolation and places it into a different league altogether."

Gujral added that apart from positions taken and political compulsion by various opposition groups, the fact is "no political party can deny that the nuclear deal will work to India's advantage".

His reaction came after the 45 nation NSG granted India an unconditional waiver to activate its nuclear commercial relation with the rest of the world. The NSG approval ends 34 years of isolation enforced upon India following the 1974 Pokhran nuclear tests.

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