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New Delhi, Washington agree to establish six nuclear power plants in India

By HindusthanSamachar | Publish Date: Mar 14 2019 3:58PM
New Delhi, Washington agree to establish six nuclear power plants in India
New Delhi, Mar.14 (HS): In backdrop of China supporting to list Masood Azhar as global terroristby United Nations and China saying that India is not a nueclear country, in a joint statement Washington and Delhi said that they committed to strengthen bilateral security and civil nuclear cooperation, including the establishment of six U.S. nuclear power plants in India. This was a strategic security dialogue in Washington, co-chaired by foreign secretary Vijay Gokhale and Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Andrea Thompson. “They committed to strengthen bilateral security and civil nuclear cooperation, including the establishment of six U.S. nuclear power plants in India,” the joint statement said. Earlier, India and the U.S. had signed a historic agreement to cooperate in civil nuclear energy sector in October 2008. The deal gave a fillip to bilateral ties, which have been on an upswing since. A major aspect of the deal was the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), that gave a special waiver to India enabling it to sign cooperation agreements with a dozen of countries. Post waiver, India signed civil nuclear cooperation agreements with the U.S., France, Russia, Canada, Argentina, Australia, Sri Lanka, the U.K., Japan, Vietnam, Bangladesh, Kazakhstan and South Korea. On March 13, the United States also reaffirmed its strong support to India’s early membership in the 48-member NSG. Notably, China has blocked India’s pending membership to the elite grouping that seeks to prevent proliferation of nuclear weapons. On March 12, Indra Mani Pandey, India’s additional secretary for disarmament and international security affairs, and Yleem D. S. Poblete, U.S. assistant secretary of state for arms control, verification and ccompliance, co-chaired the third round of India-U.S. space dialogue. The two delegations discussed trends in space threats; respective national space priorities; and opportunities for cooperation bilaterally and in multilateral fora. Hindusthan Samachar/Pramod
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