Glitch delays signing of India nuclear trade agreement
NEW DELHI -- U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice met with top Indian officials Saturday but was unable to sign a historic nuclear trade agreement between the two countries because of what appeared to be a bureaucratic hurdle.
Indian officials insisted that they will sign the deal only after President Bush does so in Washington.
We would like President Bush to sign the legislation into law first and make a statement that alleviates our fears about fuel supplies," the official said on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media about the matter. "What if we sign it first here in Delhi and then President Bush signs it later and introduces a conditionality that is not acceptable to us?"
"But let me be clear, the '123 agreement' is done," she said at a news conference with India's foreign minister, Pranab Mukherjee. "It's a matter of signing that agreement. I don't want anyone to think we have open issues. We, in fact, don't have open issues."