India and Canada are very close to negotiating commercial contracts for supply of uranium for Indian nuclear reactors. “The nuclear agreement starts a new chapter in relations with India,” said John Baird, Canada’s foreign minister in an exclusive conversation with TOI.
This will be the second nuclear deal in less than 2 months India has managed to negotiate. The last was with Australia. Canadian foreign minister John Baird also extended an invitation to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Visit Canada and he said “I was very pleased to extend an invitation from Prime Minister Harper to Mr Modi to visit Canada as early as possible. I should add I had the pleasure of inviting him to Canada years ago, and we’ve never had any visa problems. We have had numerous ministers and parliamentarians who have visited him in Gujarat.”
Also Mr. Baird said, “We are excited about being a reliable supplier of oil and gas and helping India attain its development goals. Canadian companies have a lot of experience in green energy, and we hope they can lend their expertise to the new government as it seeks to tackle its challenges.”
when Mr. Baird met with Mr. Modi. A statement from the PMO said, “The Prime Minister welcomed close cooperation between India and Canada and expressed satisfaction at comprehensive nature of bilateral ties, including in areas of economic cooperation, agriculture, security, civil nuclear energy, education, and science and technology.”
At this rate, India could become a major producer of nuclear energy and is on its way to reduce green house gas emission by cutting down on the use of coal. This will go a long way in meeting our growing energy need, however the road is very long and complicated. But with India’s track record with regards to meeting international safety standards and its stand against nuclear proliferation, this is a mandate by all developed country that India is a very responsible nation.
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