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US hopes to wrap up N-deal

July 23, 2008 00:35 IST
Last Updated: July 23, 2008 00:36 IST

As the UPA government won the confidence motion, the United States on Tuesday said governments of the two countries would be able to wrap up the civil nuclear pact before the time runs out.

"We think we can move forward with this. If their legislature lets it move forward then we can do the same and then we'll be able to get this wrapped up," White House Press Secretary Dana Perino said.

She said, "There aren't that many days left where Congress is going to be in session and enough US lawmakers backed the agreement to secure its ratification."

She said the US-India civil nuclear arrangement is a good one for everybody.

"It's good for India because it would help provide them a source for energy that they need, one that is non-polluting and one that doesn't emit greenhouse gas emissions," she added.

Perino said she does not know whether President George W Bush [Images] needs to place a call to the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh [Images] in view of the vote of confidence victory given that the two leaders had met recently in Japan [Images].

"I don't know if he needs to make a call, since they just spoke about two weeks ago when they were at the G-8 meeting and they had a very good bilateral meeting and meetings on the side as well, during the outreach meetings that the G-8 held," Perino said.

National Security Council spokesperson Gordon Johndroe said that the US looked forward to continuing to work with India on the civil nuclear deal and further strengthening the strategic partnership.

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