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India, Japan to set up working group to boost civil nuclear ties

Civil nuclear pact is important for foreign players building atomic reactors in the country

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Narendra Modi, Shinzo Abe, India-Japan Annual Summit, greets
Prime Minister Narendra Modi greets Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during India-Japan Annual Summit at Mahatma Mandir in Gandhinagar, Gujarat.

Asserting that the India-civil nuclear pact reflected a new level of strategic partnership, Prime Minister and his Japanese counterpart said today they looked forward to setting up a working group to boost cooperation in this area.

Modi and Abe reaffirmed their commitment to work together for to become a full member in multilateral export control regimes such as the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), Wassenaar Arrangement and the Australia Group.


Abe also welcomed India's accession to the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) and the Hague Code of Conduct against Ballistic Missile Proliferation (HCOC).

has applied for a membership in the 48-member NSG in May 2016, but is facing stiff opposition, primarily from China.

"They (the two prime ministers) looked forward to a working group to strengthen bilateral cooperation in this field and reiterated their shared view that the agreement reflects a new level of mutual confidence and strategic partnership in the cause of clean energy, economic development and a peaceful and secure world," according to a joint statement, released after the delegation level talks.

Referring to the nuclear pact, Modi, in a media statement after the delegation level talks with Abe, said it would open a new chapter in cooperation in the clean energy sector between the two countries.

"We had signed a historic pact for peaceful use of nuclear energy during my visit to last year. I am whole-heartedly thanking Japan's parliament, its people and particularly Prime Minister Abe for its ratification," Modi said.

A civil nuclear pact is important for foreign players building atomic reactors in the country. The pact would enable them to procure high-end equipment from

"We really see as a significant partner in many of our nuclear power projects which we will doing with other countries," Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar told reporters at a media briefing.

The nuclear cooperation agreement between and was signed in November 2016. The agreement came into force in July this year after it was ratified by the Diet of

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First Published: Thu, September 14 2017. 20:07 IST
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