The State Department responded to a query from The Hindu on whether the new rules notified by the Indian government last week would help advance negotiations on nuclear cooperation

The State Department said that the U.S. hoped India would provide American companies with “level playing field” even as they seek to resolve the impasse over India’s Nuclear Liability Act.

In response to a question fromThe Hindu on whether the new rules notified by the Indian government last week would help advance negotiations on this matter the State Department issued a statement saying, “Ensuring a level playing field for U.S. companies to invest in India’s civil nuclear industry remains a priority for the State Department.”

The statement added that completing the U.S.-Indian civil nuclear cooperation partnership was “central to both our nations’ long-term prosperity and India’s future energy security,” and it only reiterated an earlier response saying the U.S. continued to “study” India’s regulations on civil nuclear liability.

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