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Indian PM, Left party try to resolve issues over nuclear deal
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20:20, August 14, 2007

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Indian prime minister Manmohan Singh Tuesday held talks with his government's Left party supporters over a nuclear deal with the United States, which they say will compromise New Delhi's foreign policy.

The move came a day after Singh told the Indian parliament, amid protests by the Left party as well as by the right-wing Hindu nationalist opposition Bharatiya Janata Party, that the accord would have no impact on his country's strategic programs.

The prime minister and his foreign minister Pranab Mukherjee met Communist Party of India (Marxist) leader Prakash Karat for talks on the bilateral civil nuclear cooperation agreement with Washington.

"Some of the points regarding the agreement were discussed. The CPI (M) General Secretary (Karat) stated that he would put it to the party's politburo, which will meet over the weekend. Karat and the prime minister reiterated that efforts would be made to sort out the issues," a government statement issued after the meeting said.

On Monday, Singh sought to play down fears over Washington's policy of not supplying to any country enrichment, reprocessing and heavy water production facilities, telling the parliament that the agreement provided for such transfers to India through an amendment.

Last week, the prime minister challenged the Left party to withdraw their support to his government as he refused to back down on the pact.

Source: Xinhua

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