No interference to be allowed in strategic programme: Govt

External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee, in a suo motu statement in the Lok Sabha today, made it clear that India would not allow “external scrutiny” of its facilities or any “interference” with its strategic programme.

Although he admitted that there were certain “extraneous and prescriptive” provisions in the US legislation on the Indo-US nuclear deal, he added that the Bush administration had categorically assured India that the legislation passed by the Congress “explicitly” authorised civil nuclear cooperation with India “fully consistent” with the July 18, 2005 agreement and the March 2, 2006 Separation Plan.

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