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Canada set to ink N-deal with India

May 28, 2009 08:38 IST

Canada will soon sign a deal with India to sell nuclear technology and uranium for civilian use, the country's International Trade Minister Stockwell Day has said.

"We are very close to having an agreement with India related to the civilian use of nuclear energy for the purpose of helping them meet their energy needs," Day said.

"I don't like to put an hour or a day on it, but these are fairly complicated agreements and we're just about there," Day said, adding there's just a few items left.

The pact will open up the lucrative Indian market to Canadian nuclear exports for the first time in more than three decades.

Shashishekhar M Gavai, India's High Commissioner to Canada, had said on Tuesday that Canadian and Indian officials have already exchanged the draft agreement and deal would be signed soon.

"An expert Canadian team was in Mumbai last week to work out, with the Atomic Energy Commission of India, final technical details and conditions under which nuclear business can be done," he said.

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