UN resolution on NPT not directed against India: PM

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh arrives at the Pittsburgh Airport to attend the G20 Summit on Sept 25, 2009. Photo: PTI  

U.S. President Barack Obama has assured Prime Minister Manmohan Singh that the UN Security Council (UNSC) resolution asking non-NPT states to sign the Non-proliferation Treaty is not directed against India and that his country would fulfil all obligations on the nuclear deal.

“We have been assured [by the U.S.] that this is not a resolution directed against India and that the U.S. commitment to carry out its obligations under the civil nuclear agreement, which we have signed with the U.S. , remains undiluted,” he told reporters wrapping up his two-day visit here to attend the G-20 Summit.

“That [commitment on nuclear deal] we have been assured officially by the United States Government,” Dr. Singh said.

He was replying to a question about the UNSC resolution asking all non-NPT states, including India, to sign the Non-proliferation Treaty.

Asked whether he had any bilateral meetings with Mr. Obama, the Prime Minister said the U.S. President did not have bilateral meetings with any leaders because of paucity of time.

“But last night I met him and today I was seated to his right during lunch. I discussed some important issues with him,” Dr. Singh said.

Earlier in the day, Dr. Singh met his British counterpart, Gordon Brown, and discussed bilateral matters and the current global economic situation.

He also met Australian Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd, who is likely to visit India later this year. The recent spate of attacks on Indian students in Australia is understood to have figured in the discussion.

The Prime Minister also met the new Japanese Prime Minister, Yukio Hatoyama.

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