Joint Statement on the Third U.S.-India Strategic Dialogue
Office of the Spokesperson
June 13, 2012
Following is the text of the joint statement by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and India’s Minister of External Affairs Shri S.M. Krishna on the U.S.-India Strategic Dialogue:
The two sides expressed satisfaction with the Strategic Security Dialogue held in February 2012 in Washington on a wide range of issues on the international arms control, disarmament and nonproliferation agenda and their strengthened consultations in various multilateral forums. Both sides welcomed the successful conclusion of the Seoul Nuclear Security Summit in March 2012 and expressed continued support for the early start of negotiations on a Fissile Material Cutoff Treaty in the Conference on Disarmament.
The two sides welcomed progress towards the full implementation of the historic Civil Nuclear Initiative including the Memorandum of Understanding signed between Westinghouse and the Nuclear Power Corporation of India (NPCIL) committing both sides to negotiate an Early Works Agreement for the preliminary licensing and site development work associated with construction of the new Westinghouse reactors in Gujarat state, and the ongoing progress between General Electric-Hitachi and NPCIL on their Memorandum of Understanding.
India expressed appreciation for the strong support extended by the United States for India’s full membership in the four multilateral export control regimes – Nuclear Suppliers Group, Missile Technology Control Regime, Wassenaar Arrangement and Australia Group. The United States welcomed steps India has taken in pursuing outreach with each of the regimes.
Full statement available at: http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2012/06/192267.htm