New Delhi, July 7: With the Samajwadi Party willing to back the UPA government on the Indo-US nuclear deal, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will take the all-important leap during his visit to the G8 Summit and tell US President George W Bush that India has decided to move forward on the remaining steps, starting with confirming the IAEA safeguards agreement on his return.
It’s learnt that the government has decided that the PM will convey an unambiguous message on the nuclear deal to not only Bush, but even to key leaders of China, Australia, Mexico, South Africa, Brazil, Japan and Germany apart from Russia, France and UK in a bid to canvass support for India’s case at the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG). Germany is the current chair of NSG.
Without indicating a specific date, sources said, the PM will make it clear that the political uncertainty in New Delhi over the nuclear deal was nearing resolution and a decision on approaching the IAEA with the safeguards agreement will be taken “very quickly” soon after he returns. He will also ask Bush to start making the necessary preparations to move the NSG for a “clean exemption” as committed by the US in the July 2005 joint statement.