'Additional Protocol Won't have Future Bearing'

Published: 25th June 2014 09:14 AM  |   Last Updated: 25th June 2014 09:14 AM   |  A+A-

NEW DELHI: Barely 24 hours after the Centre announced that it would ratify the Additional Protocol to the International Atomic Energy Agency, the Ministry of External Affairs(MEA) on Tuesday clarified that the document had been in the works for some time and that it would not have any bearing on the future decisions.

There had been speculation that the signing of the Additional Protocol was related to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s upcoming visit to the US.

“Please don’t link it with the decisions or programmes in the future,” said MEA spokesperson.

The spokesperson pointed out that the Additional Protocol to the Agreement signed between the Indian government and the IAEA for the application of safeguards to civilian nuclear facilities was signed on May 15, 2009 after approval by the then Union Cabinet and the ratification had come after five years.


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