Kolkata, Feb 3 (PTI) In the wake of stiff Left opposition to the Indo-US nuclear deal, the government today cautioned if the pact was derailed the country could face international "isolation".
"If the agreement is not through, we could have to face isolation and possibly isolation in sanction too," External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee said inaugurating the 176th Annual General Meeting of the Calcutta Chamber of Commerce here.
Mukherjee said India and the global atomic watchdog IAEA were yet to find a common ground on the draft safeguards agreement necessary to operationalise the civilian nuclear deal with the US and discussions were still on.
After finalising the draft pact, the Congress-led government would place it before the UPA-Left panel to get a political go ahead for the deal that aims to bring India out of nuclear wilderness, Mukherjee said.
He said the agreements on civil nuclear cooperation with various countries would in particular "help in increasing the share of civil nuclear power in our energy mix" and ensure energy security.
"My ministry is aware of these challenges and are making all attempts by focusing on bilateral and multilateral engagements for cooperation with source countries," he said. PTI
Source: Press Trust of India (PTI)