India has important role in stewardship of nuclear weapons: US

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March 31:India has a “very important” role to play in responsible stewardship of nuclear weapons and materials, US Secretary of State John Kerry said ahead of the Nuclear Security Summit to be attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other world leaders from over 50 countries.

“India has a long record of being a leader, of being responsible, and it is particularly important right now at a time when we see some choices being made in the region that may accelerate possible arms construction, which we have serious questions about,” Kerry said as he met National Security Advisor Ajit Doval at the Foggy Bottom headquarters of the State Department.

“India has a very important role to play with respect to responsible stewardship of nuclear weapons and nuclear materials,” he said yesterday, adding that the US has raised these issues with various partners in the region.

“Our hope is that this Nuclear Security Summit will contribute to everybody’s understanding about our global responsibilities and choices,” he said.

Kerry said Obama has called the relationship with India ‘a defining relationship of this century’, and there are many reasons for that.

“India is the largest democracy in the world, and a real partner with the United States on a lot of technology and energy issues. We’re particularly grateful to India for the leadership it offered in Paris helping us to reach a climate agreement. And now, there is more that we can do with respect to the next steps in that agreement,” he said.

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