Bush will sign the nuclear bill on October 8

US President George W Bush would sign the nuclear bill into law at a function at White House on Wednesday, October 8. A select group of Indian American leaders who played a key role in the Congressional passage of this bill have received an invitation from the White House to be present on the historic occasion at 2 pm on October 8.

The signing of the US India Nuclear Cooperation Approval and Non-Proliferation Enhancement Act would bring to culmination the process which started on July 18, 2005 when the Indian Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh, during his visit to Washington issued a joint statement with Bush.

The signing of the nuclear bill would come within a week of the Congressional passage of the bill. While the House of Representatives passed the bill with a two-third majority, the Senate approved it with more than four-fifths of the vote.

A number of Indian Americans are expected to attend the historic occasion, along some of the top Congressmen and senior officials of the Bush Administration, who played a key role in making this a reality in such a quick time.

It is expected that Bush would use the occasion to thank all of them to help him achieve his major foreign policy achievement of his eight-years of presidency.

Once the bill is signed into law, India would sign the 123 agreement with the United States. India so far, it is learnt, had been reluctant to sign the agreement without Bush signing the bill into law.

External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee is expected to come to Washington soon to sign the agreement with his US counterpart, Condoleezza Rice, who herself was in New Delhi a day before.

Posted by: Expertz Web


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