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Bush Welcomes Congressional Approval of India Nuclear Deal


President Bush has welcomed congressional approval of a plan to allow the United States to ship civilian nuclear fuel and technology to India.

In a statement issued Saturday, the president said the deal will help both nations meet their energy needs without increasing air pollution and greenhouse gases. He said it also promotes clean development and non-proliferation.

U.S. lawmakers voted overnight Saturday to approve the measure, which requires India to open its civilian nuclear facilities to international inspection.

India's government welcomed the agreement. But the foreign ministry expressed concern about terms of the U.S. law that call on India to oppose Iran's nuclear ambitions.

Ministry officials said India's foreign policy will be determined only by national interests.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.

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