Melbourne: The United States is likely to seek a “promise” from Australia that it will not vote against a Nuclear Suppliers Group’s waiver for India to allow nuclear commerce with it, a key requirement for the implementation of the India-U.S. civilian nuclear deal.

The “thorny issue” of “Australia’s attitude to the civil nuclear agreement” is expected to come up during a meeting between U.S. President George W. Bush and Australia’s new Prime Minister Kevin Rudd in Washington this week, The Sydney Morning Herald reported on Monday.

“The Bush Administration is expected to seek a promise from Australia that it will not vote against the Indian agreement in the Nuclear Suppliers Group, in which it is one of 45 member-states,” the daily said. — PTI