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New Delhi Correspondent
India and the United States have agreed to strengthen security and civil nuclear cooperation, including building six US nuclear power plants in India.
The agreement was reached at the ninth round of the India-US Strategic Security Dialogue held in Washington on Wednesday, the Indian External Affairs Ministry said in a statement on Thursday.
The Indian delegation to the Dialogue was led by Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale while the US delegation was led by Andrea Thompson, Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security.
The sides “committed to strengthen bilateral security and civil nuclear cooperation, including the establishment of six US nuclear power plants in India,” the statement said. The United States reaffirmed its strong support of India’s early membership of the 45-nation Nuclear Suppliers Group where New Delhi’s entry is being opposed by China.
The two countries have been discussing the supply of US nuclear reactors to India for more than a decade but a longstanding obstacle has been the need to bring Indian nuclear liability rules in-line with international norms, which require the costs of any accident to be channelled to the operator rather than the maker of a nuclear power station.
The agreement to build the reactors, announced in 2016, followed on from a landmark US-India civil nuclear agreement signed in 2008. India plans to triple its nuclear capacity by 2024 to wean Asia’s third-largest economy off polluting fossil fuels.
India and Russia signed a deal in October last year to build six more nuclear reactors at a new site in India.