India, Japan Likely To Sign The Much Awaited Civil Nuclear Deal Next Week

2:06 pm November 04, 2016


During Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Japan next week, India and Japan are likely to sign the much-awaited civil nuclear cooperation agreement as both sides have now completed all the internal procedures.

PM Modi would be heading to Japan for a two-day visit on November 11 where both the countries are set to seal the deal which has been on their main agenda since December 2015.

 

In December 2015, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe had visited New Delhi and the two countries had agreed to sign a broad agreement for cooperation with regards to civil nuclear energy.

While the broad concept of the deal was agreed upon at that time, the final deal was not yet signed as certain technical and legal issues were still to be sorted out.

On November 4, External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Vikas Swarup said now that these legal and technical aspects have also been sorted out, both the countries have completed the internal procedures required for the pact to be signed.

Though, Swarup has not made it clear if this pact will be inked during this visit itself as he cannot “pre-judge the outcome” of these talks.


 

Japan is a major player in the field of nuclear energy and atomic market and a deal with them will be really beneficial for India. It would also make it easier for the US-based nuclear plant makers such Westinghouse Electric Corporation and GE Energy Inc to set up their atomic plants in India.

Besides the civil nuclear deal talk, PM Modi will also hold his annual summit meeting with Japanese PM Abe and have an audience with the Emperor of Japan.

 

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PM Modi with Japanese PM.  NarendraModi.in

Swarup also said that PM has welcomed the increased interaction between both the countries and has now called for a strengthening of exchanges between State-level legislatures.

“The Prime Minister welcomed the initiative of Toshihiro Nikai to raise awareness about the threat posed by tsunamis, and sought strengthening of bilateral cooperation in the field of disaster risk reduction and disaster management.”

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