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Thursday, July 27, 2006

US House passes nuclear deal bill 359:68

219 Republicans voted in favour of the bill and just nine against; on the other side of the aisle, 58 Democrats voted in favour of the bill and a thumping 140 against (an Independent Congressman voted in favour).

"The passage of the Bill authorising the US Administration to engage in full civil nuclear energy cooperation between India and the US, by a large margin of bipartisan votes in the US House of Representatives, demonstrates the broad political consensus in the US in promotion of the Indo-US relations in all fields including in the field of civil nuclear energy cooperation," External Affairs Ministry spokesman Navtej Sarna said.

"We must, nevertheless, await finalised text of the legislation which will emerge after a Senate vote and the reconciliation of the two Bills, before we are able to comment on its contents," he said.

Sarna said "there are concerns that we have conveyed to the US to ensure that the final legislation must not deviate from the parameters of the Indo-US Joint Statement of July 18, 2005 and the Separation Plan."

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