Washington | September 07, 2005 2:25:06 PM IST
Though the US Congress resumed office a week earlier than scheduled under the pall of the devastating Hurricane Katrina, one of the first hearings scheduled is on US-India ties.
After recess ended Tuesday, the full committee of the House International Relations Committee is scheduled to meet Thursday to "The US and India: An Emerging Entente."
So far, the witnesses include Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs R. Nicholas Burns, who has over the last few months been one of the main spokespersons for the expanded relations, and Robert Joseph, under secretary of state for arms control and international security.
The duo is concentrating on the efforts of the Bush administration to craft legislation that the Congress could pass allowing civilian nuclear cooperation between the two democracies.
More speakers may be added, including leading experts on the civilian nuclear cooperation aspect of the joint statement signed between President George Bush and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh July 18.