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Indian FM Defends Indo-US Nuclear Deal


Criticizing the Left for opposing the Indo-U S nuclear deal, external affairs minister Pranab Mukherjee on Monday said the parties were suffering from 'Americaphobia just like some people have hydrophobia.'

“They have Americaphobia, just like some people have hydrophobia. They may have it but they must understand that the U S is technologically advanced and we need that advanced technology,” Mukherjee told a seminar here on the N-deal.

Pointing out that he had held eight meetings with the Left parties since July 18, 2005, to explain to them the details of the deal, Mukherjee said “I have never seen so many meetings being held on foreign policy matters in my 39 years in Parliament. There had been only three meetings on GATT.”

Refuting the Left parties' allegation that the government had ignored Parliament in clinching the deal, he said every step was discussed both in the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha.

Pranab Mukherjee added that this deal will help India overcome its energy problems.

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