India not to make ’hasty decisions’ on outcome of Obama visit

India not to make ’hasty decisions’ on outcome of Obama visit

New Delhi:India Thursday said it will not make any “hasty decisions" on the outcome of discussions with President Barack Obama on “complex" issues of outsourcing, seat for India in UN Security Council (UNSC) and withdrawal of US ban on export of dual-use technology.

Seeking to downplay Obama’s remarks yesterday in which he did not hold out any assurances on these key concerns, foreign secretary Nirupama Rao said it would be wrong to prejudge the US leader’s discussions with the Indian leadership.

There has been a good “working progress" on elimination of obstacles created by dual-use controls of the US as governments of both countries were of the view that the issue need to be reviewed in order to reduce and “ultimately eliminate" it, Rao said.

She also disclosed that India has invited US companies to explain to them the provisions of its domestic civil nuclear liability law and address their concerns, if any, and also begin discussions on the next steps of implementation of civil nuclear power projects.

“A commercial delegation from the US is likely to visit India very shortly in this connection," Rao said. India was hopeful of participation of US companies in India’s nuclear field.

Briefing the reporters about the high-profile visit, she said the Prime Minister looks forward to continuing his extremely productive dialogue with President Obama on a range of issues, including the global economic situation, the threat of terrorism, the challenges in India’s neighbourhood, and the shared goals of sustained security, stability and prosperity in Asia.

“The US administration under President Obama has expressed its commitment to strengthen Indo-US bilateral relations further, building upon the existing level of cooperation in various areas of bilateral and global engagement," she said.