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Pranab's statement allayed our fears, says Dutch Ambassador
September 11, 2008 11:53 IST
"There were a number of apprehensions about granting the waiver to India. These were about nuclear testing, supply of nuclear fuel to India and about transfer of nuclear technology," The Netherlands Ambassador Bob Hiensch told PTI in New Delhi.
"I must congratulate the Indian government. The Indian foreign minister's press statement on Friday morning really addressed all our worries," he said on the sidelines of a function in New Delhi on Wedndesday night.
As the NSG meeting was underway in Vienna [Images], Mukherjee had issued a statement form Delhi affirming India's commitment to non-proliferation goals and vowing to maintain its unilateral moratorium on testing.
The Dutch prime minister and foreign minister spoke to some other countries asking them to do the same, Hiensch said.The Netherlands, the envoy said, had played a "constructive" role at the meeting of NSG in Vienna from September 4-6.
The Netherlands was among six NSG members, which had reservations to grant of waiver to India because of its strong views on non-proliferation. The country had been contending that India should not get the exemption till it signs the NPT.
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