Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will meet US President George W Bush on July 9 on the sidelines of the G-8 summit in Hokkaido in Japan when he is expected to discuss the progress in the nuclear deal after sorting out domestic political problems over the agreement.
Briefing reporters on the Prime Minister’s three-day visit, Foreign Secretary Shivshankar Menon, however, did not give details of what they would discus but said the government would like to go ahead with the deal “as soon as we can” but it was not possible to give a timeframe for it.
Menon said India was in touch with members of the NSG and it would proceed on the deal. Many of the world leaders who would be attending the Hokkaido summit are also members of the NSG, he added.
Menon further said the US was committed to getting India exemption from the Nuclear Suppliers Group for nuclear commerce under the July, 2005 civil nuclear cooperation agreement.