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Indian PM Seeks Germany's Backing on US Nuclear Deal

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Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in hopes of gaining Berlin's support for India's U.S.-backed nuclear deal.

Mr. Singh was welcomed in Hanover on Sunday with military honors.

During the visit, Mr. Singh and Ms. Merkel are expected to discuss a deal that India signed with Washington last month that will enable India to receive American nuclear technology.

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier has criticized the deal, saying it is not helpful and complicates international efforts to convince Iran to abandon its nuclear research.

The nuclear deal must be ratified by the U.S. Congress and the 45-member Nuclear Suppliers Group -- of which Germany is a key member.
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