US and India agree on building six nuclear power plants

By Shakir Husain

NEW DELHI, March 14 (NNN-BERNAMA) — India and the United States have agreed on building six US nuclear plants in India as the two countries grow their security and nuclear cooperation.

An Indian delegation headed by Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale held talks in Washington with US officials, led by under-secretary for arms control and international security Andrea Thompson, and discussed boosting cooperation on various issues.

“They committed to strengthening bilateral security and civil nuclear cooperation, including the establishment of six US nuclear power plants in India. The United States reaffirmed its strong support of India’s early membership in the Nuclear Suppliers Group,” the two countries said in a joint statement on Wednesday.

Earlier this week, the Indian foreign secretary and US Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo discussed closer cooperation in the Asia-Pacific region and Afghanistan.