Special Correspondent

NEW DELHI: India is hopeful that the civil nuclear agreement with the United States would be finalised at the earliest, although the sixth rounds of talks have not been scheduled, according to Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao

“The next round of talks has not been scheduled as yet. It will be done shortly. We hope to finalise the agreement at the earliest,” she told newspersons here on Wednesday.

She was hopeful of the agreement being finalised before the one year timeframe that ends in July next year.

Ms. Rao was asked about the fate of the pact that was not finalised despite National Security Advisor M. K. Narayanan’s assertion to journalists on November 29 that it would be finalised in the next “10-12 days.”

The Hindu had reported that an attempt by American negotiators to reopen the 123 Agreement had emerged as the main obstacle as both sides were seeking to finalise the conditions under which U.S.-origin fuel could be reprocessed in Indian facilities.