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N-deal revelations: Mulford meets PM, NSA
September 04, 2008 14:21 IST
Last Updated: September 04, 2008 20:43 IST
As the United States' disclosures on the nuclear deal triggered a political storm, American Ambassador David C Mulford on Thursday met National Security Advisor M K Narayanan and other officials in the Prime Minister's Office and is understood to have discussed the issue.
Atomic Energy Commission Chairman Anil Kakodkar was also present during the meeting between Narayanan and Mulford, and the US envoy is believed to have told them that the details in the document which triggered the controversy had already been shared with India.
Mulford had sought to downplay the disclosures made in the State Department document, saying there was nothing new in it which has not been shared with India or the US Congress.
Although officials were tight-lipped about what was discussed at the meeting, sources said Mulford told the Prime Minister that no new conditions had been introduced.
Mulford had said on Wednesday night that the January 16, 2008, State Department letter to the late Representative Tom Lantos contained no new conditions and there was no data in this letter which had not already been shared in an open and transparent way with members of the US Congress and the Government of India.
A senior US embassy official sought to play down the meeting between Mulford and the Prime Minister, saying the Ambassador did visit the Prime Minister's Office but he has been generally keeping in touch with the PMO on the issue.
He did not confirm what was discussed at the meeting.
After the disclosures by the Washington Post kicked up a storm, Dr Manmohan Singh convened a meeting with External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee and National Security Advisor M K Narayanan.
The 45-nation Nuclear Suppliers Group began a meeting today to discuss a clean waiver to India for nuclear trade with the rest of the world.
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