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Briefing points by MEA Official Spokesperson on the meeting between External Affairs Minister Mr. Pranab Mukherjee and Director General, IAEA, Dr.Mohammad ElBaradei

New Delhi
October 10, 2007

External Affairs Minister Mr. Pranab Mukherjee met DG, IAEA Dr.Mohammad ElBaradei this evening. During the discussions, EAM expressed his appreciation of the work of the Agency under Dr. ElBaradei’s leadership and the cooperative relationship that India enjoyed with the Agency. He also appreciated Dr. ElBaradei’s personal contribution to the relationship and to its further strengthening and development.

Dr. ElBaradei said that India was both a recipient and supplier in the field of peaceful uses of nuclear energy. Dr. ElBaradei also recalled that he had spoken since 2004 of the need for India to take its rightful place as an equal partner in the global nuclear order.

They also reviewed other developments of common interest.