Monday, India urged the Barack Obama Administration to lift the unnecessary restrictions on international trade with New Delhi on dual use items and technology, media reports say.
New Delhi expected Washington to scrap the so-called entity list, which prohibits the sale of U.S. technology to many hi-tech Indian companies, Prime Minister's Special Envoy on Climate Change Shyam Saran said during a meeting at the prestigious Brookings Institute, a Washington-based think-tank.
Saran, who played an influential role in the Indo-U.S. civilian nuclear deal in various capacities, said: With the penning up of nuclear commerce with India, there is a need now to review and remove these unnecessary restrictions on international trade with dual-use items and technology.
With India's economy maturing and its industry moving into higher-end manufacturing, he said the demand for high technology goods and services would grow and the U.S., of course, remained the preferred source of such goods and services.
The positive impact of a more liberal technology trade regime is already beginning to make an impact on India's sourcing of defense hardware from the U.S., Saran said.
Stating that the landmark India-U.S. civil nuclear deal and NSG waiver meant his country was now accepted as a partner in the global nuclear domain, he said the two countries were now on a different level of engagement on the hitherto sensitive and even contentious issues of nuclear non-proliferation and nuclear disarmament, compared to the past.
The success of the civil nuclear initiative has engendered a sense of assurance and confidence enables us to look proactively and not defensively, at a new global agenda for nuclear non-proliferation and nuclear disarmament, Saran said.
However, he asserted India would not sign the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT)--a top non-proliferation priority of the Obama administration--unless the world moved categorically towards nuclear disarmament in a credible time-frame.
How Washington and New Delhi would co-operate on non-proliferation issues would be worked out in talks after the Obama administration settled down and after India's parliamentary elections were held in April and May, he added.
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