Kakodkar, IAEA chief discuss nuclear agenda

Kakodkar, IAEA chief discuss nuclear agenda

Vienna: Atomic Energy Commission chairman Anil Kakodkar met International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) chief Mohammed ElBaradei and discussed the indigenous civil nuclear programme but there was no reference to the Indo-US nuclear deal.

Kakodkar hosted lunch for ElBaradei and chiefs of atomic energy commissions of some countries on the sidelines of the 51st General Conference of the UN nuclear watchdog here.

“We talked about India’s partnership in several programmes of the IAEA, especially on the Innovative Nuclear Cycle Programme, which has immense potential to lead to a global enhancement in the availability of safe and economical nuclear energy," Kakodkar said on Thursday.

Asked whether the India-specific safeguards agreement came up for discussions, he said: “Such topics are not discussed over lunch."

When quizzed on the political controversy over the Indo-US nuclear deal back home, he said: “I did not discuss ­politics."