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Tuesday, December 19, 2006

George Bush signed nuclear agreement

Dec 18, 2006, President George W Bush today signed into law the legislation that gives effect to the India-US Civil nuclear agreement, lifting the three-decade-old ban on the export of American nuclear fuel and technology to India.

Several Congressmen and members of the Indian-American community attended the brief signing ceremony at the White House. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice was also present.

President Bush, in a brief speech, said the agreement would strengthen the partnership between India and the United States. The relationship had never been more vital, he said.

He said it would help India meet the challenge on the energy front at a time when its economy is on the fast track.

President Bush called Prime Minister Manmohan Singh a trustworthy man and a friend and praised his leadership on this issue.

The legislation is formally called the Henry J Hyde United States- India Peaceful Atomic Energy Cooperation Act of 2006, named after the outgoing Republican chairman of the House foreign relations committee Henry Hyde. The Republican Congressman retired this month after a long spell in the House.

Supporters of the measure say it would help cement the emerging strategic alliance between the two democracies.

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