New Delhi: India and Kazakhstan are expected to sign a broad-based civil nuclear agreement by June under which the uranium-rich central Asian country will supply fuel and technology to New Delhi. India has sent a draft of the Inter Governmental Agreement for Cooperation in Peaceful Uses of Nuclear Energy to Kazakhstan for its perusal before the two sides ink the pact.
Kazakhstan will be the fourth country after the U.S., Russia and France with whom India will have such a broad-based civil nuclear agreement, since the Nuclear Suppliers Group lifted ban on New Delhi last September to have trade in this field.
“There is progress in preparation of the agreement on nuclear cooperation in peaceful uses. We are finishing up the agreement and will be sending it to Indian side,” Kazakhstan’s Ambassador Kairat Umarov said here. “Final touches are being given [to the text of the agreement] on our side. Soon we will pass it on to the Indian side for consideration.” — PTI