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India’s N-deal with US will be beneficial for both: Khurshid

External affairs minister Salman Khurshid said on Wednesday that India’s flagship nuclear deal with the United States would be beneficial for both nations, and also said that talks with Pakistan can only take place in a conducive environment.

Speaking on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly meeting here, Khurshid said, ‘Our aim is to ensure that India’s civil nuclear agreement with the United States benefits both countries and we will hold talks regarding it.’

Indian officials say the proposed deal between Westinghouse and NPCIL would be the first time money is committed to a commercial US nuclear supplier since Singh staked his career on a civil nuclear pact with US President George W Bush five years ago.

The preliminary deal with Westinghouse would not involve putting in place nuclear equipment, so would not immediately brush up against the liability issue, Indian officials said.

Singh and US President Barack Obama are scheduled to meet on 27 September in New York.
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