NEW DELHI, July 4 (Xinhua) -- India and the United
States (US) are "nearing the end" of civil nuclear negotiations as they get
ready for another round of talks on a bilateral civil nuclear cooperation pact
July 16, Indo-Asian News Service (IANS) quoted US envoy David C. Mulford as
saying here Wednesday.
"We are nearing the end of the road (on civil nuclear
negotiations). These are complex negotiations," Mulford said at The American
Centre here on the sidelines of the celebrations to mark the American
Underlining the intricacies of issues that needed to
be resolved before the two sides can clinch bilateral nuclear pact, also called
123 Agreement, the US envoy stressed that negotiations are "highly complex" both
from the political and technical points of view.
In his Independence Day speech, the envoy said the US
saw India as a "natural partner" with which it shares common values of liberty,
tolerance and diversity, not as an ally.
Indian Security Adviser (NSA) M.K. Narayanan and
Foreign Secretary Shivshankar Menon will visit Washington July 16 to sort out
issues relating to the 123 Agreement with the US.