Lobbying for the Indo-US nuclear deal, India on Friday briefed the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Board of Governors and some Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) countries on the safeguards agreement amid reports there was no sign of opposition to the accord.
After discussing with IAEA chief Mohamed ElBaradei the text of the India-specific safeguards accord, Foreign Secretary Shivshankar Menon told the representatives of 54 countries that the text was a good one. Among the 35 members of the IAEA Board of Governors , 26 are also part of NSG.
The remaining 19 NSG countries were also invited for the special briefing held at a venue outside the premises of the IAEA secretariat in the run up to the IAEA Board’s scheduled meeting in Vienna on August one which will consider the safeguards text for approval.
Approval of the India-specific safeguards agreement by the IAEA Board is an important step in the operationalisation of the nuclear deal.