G8 supports India on its growing energy needs

In a major breakthrough for the troubled Indo-US nuclear deal, the powerful group of eight (G8 ) industrialised countries on Wednesday decided to adopt a “more robust” approach to civil nuclear cooperation with India to help meet its growing energy needs.

“We look forward to working with India, the International Atomic Energy Agency, the Nuclear Suppliers Group and other partners to advance India’s non-proliferation commitments and progress so as to facilitate a more robust approach to civil nuclear cooperation with India to help it meet its growing energy needs in a manner that enhances and reinforces the global non-proliferation regime,” the Chair’s Summary released at the end of the G8 summit said here.

The statement came hours after US President George W Bush met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh here on the sidelines of the G8 summit.

The G8 is made up of Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia and the United States.

Leaders of 17 major economies met on the sidelines of the G8 meeting and adopted a declaration which affirmed the critical role of technology in meeting the global challenges of energy security and climate change.

“We will promote the uptake and use of such technologies, including renewables, cleaner and low-carbon technologies and for those of us interested, nuclear power,” the declaration said.

Leaders of the European Union, France, Italy, South Korea, Russia, Indonesia, South Africa and Mexico also attended the meeting before adopting the declaration on ‘Energy Security and Climate Change’.

Courtesy :- Economic Times


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