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We will try to convince Left on N-deal: Congress

June 23, 2008 20:59 IST

Noting that the Indo-US nuclear agreement is in "national interest," the Congress on Monday said the government would try its best to take along the Left in going ahead with the deal.

"The Left has given the government outside support for the last four years. We want to take them into confidence, take them along in going ahead with the deal," AICC spokesperson Shakeel Ahmed told reporters here.

He expressed the hope that the scheduled meeting of the UPA-Left committee on nuclear deal would yield some positive outcome.

Ahmed added that the next meeting was not compulsorily the last meeting of the UPA-Left panel on nuclear deal.

"A decision may be taken to meet again," he said.

"It was only with their consent that the government held negotiations with the IAEA. They have some concerns which the government will try and assuage in the meeting on June 25.

It is only through dialogue that a way ahead can be found. It is through dialogue that new opportunities arise," Ahmed said.

He said had there been no hope for a breakthrough, the talks would not have taken place.

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