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India Confident About US Congressional Approval of Nuclear Deal


India's Foreign Secretary Shyam Saran says he is confident U.S. laws will be changed soon to approve a recently concluded civilian nuclear deal between New Delhi and Washington.

He made the remark in an interview with Reuters Television after his meeting Thursday in London with visiting U.S. Under Secretary of State Nicholas Burns. No details of the talks were released.

The meeting came at a time when the U.S. Congress is still debating how and when to change the U.S. law that would allow the deal go through.

Burns has repeatedly made it clear that the Bush administration is committed to pushing the deal not just through Congress but also the Nuclear Suppliers Group.

Before his talks with Saran began, he told reporters Washington is also arguing for support for India at the suppliers group.

Under the deal, India will open 14 of its 22 nuclear facilities to inspection by the International Atomic Energy Agency, which would allow India to acquire nuclear power plants and nuclear fuel from the Nuclear Suppliers Group.

Some U.S. congressmen are now saying the vote in Congress to change the U.S. law should only take place after India negotiates a safeguards agreement with the IAEA.

Some information for this report was provided by Reuters.
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