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We'll now move forward towards final step: Mulford
September 06, 2008 21:40 IST
Hailing the waiver for India at the Nuclear Suppliers Group, the United States on Saturday said it will now move forward to clinch the approval of the Amercian Congress for the civil nuclear cooperation with New Delhi [Images].
"We will now move forward to accomplish the final step with our Congress," US Ambassador to India David C Mulford told reporters.
He said the agreement on the waiver for India will strengthen global non-proliferation initiatives.
"This is a triumphant day for India. The Nuclear Suppliers Group consensus reached in Vienna [Images] today is a culmination of years of hard work and cooperation between India and the US to bring India in the global civil nuclear mainstream," the envoy said.
The waiver would "also permit India to address its critical energy requirements and contribute importantly to protecting our global environment," he said.
India today secured a historic waiver from the NSG by consensus to carry out international nuclear commerce ending 34 years of isolation and taking the Indo-US nuclear deal a step closer to fruition.
The waiver was clinched overcoming fierce obstacles after three days of negotiations that saw China, Austria, Ireland and New Zealand [Images] holding out till the last minute.
The deal will now go to the US Congress for approval in the next few weeks before it can be operationalised.
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