WASHINGTON: The United States and India on Wednesday agreed to strengthen security and civil nuclear cooperation, including building six U.S. nuclear power plants in India.
The agreement came after the 9th round of India-U.S. Strategic Security Dialogue, co-chaired by Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale and Andrea Thompson, the U.S. Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security, on March 13.
“They committed to strengthen bilateral security and civil nuclear cooperation, including the establishment of six U.S. nuclear power plants in India,” a statement issued by the Ministry of External Affairs said.
India and the U.S. signed a historic agreement to cooperate in the civil nuclear energy sector in October 2008.
The US also reaffirmed its strong support of India’s early membership of the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG).
On March 13, the United States also reaffirmed its strong support to India’s early membership in the 48-member NSG. Notably, China has blocked India’s pending membership to the elite grouping that seeks to prevent the proliferation of nuclear weapons.
“During the meeting, the two sides exchanged views on a wide range of global security and non-proliferation challenges and reaffirmed their commitment to work together to prevent the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and their delivery systems and to deny access to such weapons by terrorists and non-state actors”, the statement said.
On March 12, Indra Mani Pandey, India’s Additional Secretary for Disarmament and International Security Affairs, and Yleem D. S. Poblete, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Arms Control, Verification and Compliance, co-chaired the third round of India-U.S. Space Dialogue.
Both delegations discussed trends in space threats; respective national space priorities; and opportunities for cooperation bilaterally and in multilateral fora.
With inputs from ANI