U.S. is working on making some changes in the Congressional law

"There is no need for suspicion regarding the agreement"U.S. looking forward to increased cooperation in defence, aeronautics and space, says Mulford

Kolkata: U.S. Ambassador to India David Mulford has reassured that the India-U.S. civilian nuclear deal was on course and his country was working on making some changes in the law to implement it.

"There is no need for suspicion regarding the agreement. It remains the same as agreed in July 2005 in Washington and concluded formally when President Bush visited India in March 2006," Mr. Mulford said during a web chat with a team of reporters here last evening at the USIS here.

"We are now engaged in negotiating certain detailed aspects of the bilateral agreement necessary to implement the deal and to seek the necessary change in law in the U.S. Congress," he said. The U.S. was looking forward to increased cooperation with India in defence, aeronautics and space.

"No goalposts are being moved. No bars are being raised. It is just plain steady work to get the job done," the Ambassador clarified, asking all for patience.

"Many of the complex problems left over from the period of sanctions have been resolved. And looking at the type of relationship the two countries are now developing, we should be confident of more cooperation in these fields," he said.

"Cooperation is already growing and with it confidence is building on both sides, which will stand us well into the future," he said, emphasising the departing speech of President Bush in March, when he had called India "a global leader, as well as a good friend." Mr. Mulford said India is an attractive investment destination because it has a strong economy, a large, articulate and well-educated population and democracy.

To a question on Shashi Tharoor as a candidate for the post of U.N. Secretary-General, Mr. Mulford said, "This is a decision which India has made and we respect it fully."

The Ambassador said his country supported democracy in Pakistan. UNI