New Delhi, Dec. 12 (ANI): Expressing hope on the civil nuclear deal between India and Japan, Defence expert Qamar Agha on Saturday said that it will help strengthen India’s economy which is not only a positive development but will also bring large investments and jobs.
“I believe it’s a very positive development which will have far reaching consequences on India’s relations between the two countries. Large investments will be coming from Japan and a lot more jobs will be created which is also very important. It will definitely help strengthen India’s economy. Both the agreements are very important for us,” Agha told ANI here.
“We have been trying for a very long period of time, especially the nuclear agreement with Japan. Finally it had come through. Now we will have nuclear trade with them. We want to buy nuclear reactors from Japan. It has very important nuclear technology besides this we are also seeking nuclear reactors from US, Canada and many European countries, Germany, Britain,” he added.
India and Japan on Saturday signed an MoU on civil nuclear energy, with the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons Treaty (NPT) not a hindrance to the negotiation, as per the Ministry of External Affairs.
Briefing the media, Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar said that they have reached substantive agreement on the Indo-Japan nuclear deal, and only legal scrubbing was to be taken into consideration and rest of the agreement was done.
In a joint statement issued by both the countries, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe welcomed the agreement reached between the two governments for cooperation in the Peaceful Uses of Nuclear Energy, and confirmed that this agreement will be signed after the technical details are finalised, including those related to the necessary internal procedures.
“They called for an immediate commencement and early conclusion of negotiations on a non-discriminatory, multilateral and internationally and effectively verifiable Fissile Material Cut-off Treaty (FMCT) on the basis of Shannon Mandate,” the statement added.
The statement further said Prime Minister Abe stressed the importance of early entry into force of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) which should lead to nuclear disarmament. They also supported the strengthening of international cooperation to address the challenges of nuclear proliferation and nuclear terrorism. (ANI)