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Rice hopes to finalise N-deal soon

Washington, May 24
Hoping that the Indo-US nuclear deal would be finalised “very soon”, secretary of state Condoleezza Rice has, however, noted that there is a tendency to look at bilateral ties in the context of the pact but, in fact, they have far more depth and width.

The US is having better relations with India than at any time in the history of the bilateral relationship and with a recognition that not only New Delhi is going to play “its own” role in the international system but in a realisation that in any relationship there are going to be differences, she said.

"You tend to think only about the government-to-government piece. You tend to think only about the very important civil nuclear deal that we have concluded with India and hope to finalise very soon, but this is a very broad and deep relationship and I think it's only going to become more so over time," she said.

"Our relationship with India is based on a sense of partnership, a sense that India is an emerging great multi-ethnic democracy and that means that it's going to play its own role in the world," Rice said.

The top Bush administration official was at an event along with Australian Foreign Minister Alexander Downer at The Ronald Reagan Library at Simi Valley, California. — PTI

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