Manmohan Will Soon Finalize Indo-US Nuclear Deal

Prime Minister Manmohan SinghNew Delhi: With discussions on two-sided contract to operationalize Indo-US civil nuclear deal, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh stated that that it would be done soon.

“There are one or two issues to be resolved,” Mr. Manmohan said referring to the planned 123 arrangement.

While addressing the reporters on the sidelines of a book release function, he showed sureness that the deal will be nailed down in a little while.

He added that he would take Parliament into confidence after the deal gets finalized.

“I have been appraising Parliament at every step on the deal. It has never happened earlier,” Mr. Manmohan said while mentioning that he had made statements in the House after July 18, 2005 understanding on the deal, as also before and after the visit of US President George W Bush.

Yesterday, Condoleezza Rice, US Secretary of State said with spirit and willpower, the two countries will be capable of finalizing it by the end of the year.

She told the annual meeting of the United States- India Business Council in Washington that the deal has good bipartisan support and "I do not believe this initiative is Republican or Democratic."