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Menon in U.S., to hold talks on nuclear deal

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Shivshankar Menon
Shivshankar Menon

Washington:Indian and U.S. officials will hold talks on Tuesday to iron out differences on a proposed agreement to put into operation the civilian nuclear deal.

Foreign Secretary Shivshankar Menon, who arrived here on Monday, will hold discussions on Tuesday with Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Nicholas Burns amid "frustration" here at the slow pace of negotiations and India's insistence on the right to reprocess spent nuclear fuel

Senior officials of the two sides will join them.

Mr. Menon's visit assumes importance in the backdrop of a perception here that the 123 Agreement negotiations between the two countries were not moving in the right pace.

Significantly, the meeting between Mr. Menon and Mr. Burns will take place 10 days after senior officials from the two sides met in Cape Town, South Africa.

Indian officials had said that "some progress" was made during the discussions but some differences remained and further parleys were required.

Meet begins

The fifth meeting of the India-United States Global Issues Forum got under way here with the formal start of talks between Mr. Menon and Under Secretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs Paula Dobriansky.


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