US and India discuss nuclear deal
Indian Foreign Minister, Pranab Mukherjee and US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice discussed the civil nuclear deal, according to spokesman at Foggy Bottom Sean McCormack. However, the spokesman was reluctant to give details of the conversation on the civilian nuclear initiative.
McCormack’s refusal to provide details on the Rice-Mukherjee discussion pertaining to the civilian nuclear deal is being seen against the backdrop of a perception in Washington that the Bush administration does not want the finer details of the deal to be discussed publicly in an apprehension that this could make a volatile issue even more complicated.
The Bush administration is quite aware of the political compulsions in India and is disinclined to have members of Congress discussing the responses to queries out in the open.