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Brazil to be positive about India at NSG

April 13, 2007 18:01 IST

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Brazil on Friday expressed interest in having civil nuclear cooperation with India and indicated that it would adopt a positive approach with regard to New Delhi's case at the Nuclear Suppliers Group.

A high-level Brazilian delegation is expected to visit India to discuss civil nuclear energy cooperation issue, visiting Foreign Minister Celso Amorim told a joint press conference with Minister of State for External Affairs Anand Sharma after their talks.

"We have strong cooperation in the energy sector and are also looking at other sciences, including nuclear energy for peaceful purposes," he said.

"There are good prospects of cooperation, of course, within the established safeguards agreement that we have. Brazil is mindful of that and I hope India is also of the same view," said Amorim before concluding his four-day visit.

He said Brazil would see what 'positive and pragmatic' steps could be taken towards civil nuclear cooperation with India.

Asked whether Brazil would support India's case at 45-nation NSG, he said his country was 'open-minded' on it.

Brazil is planning to send a delegation of its National Nuclear Energy Commission here to discuss the issue, he said.

After the civil nuclear deal with the US, India is required to seek changes in NSG's guidelines to allow the international community to have cooperation in the field with it and Brazil is a key member of the grouping.

Amorim said the two countries have an agreement on science and technology that provided an umbrella for concrete action in the field of nuclear energy.

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