Following the conclusion of the 9th round of the Indo-U.S Strategic Security Dialogue, a joint statement highlighting the United States’ commitment to building six new atomic power plants in India was released.
The US and India have been discussing supply of nuclear reactors for more than a decade, since the historic signing of the agreement to cooperate in civil nuclear energy sector in October 2008.
India is the third-biggest buyer of oil and as a result, the U.S has been keen on “strengthening bilateral security and civil nuclear cooperation” with India.
India aims to triple its nuclear capacity by 2024 to wean Asia’s third-largest economy off polluting fossil fuels. Last October, India and Russia signed a pact to build six more nuclear reactors at a new site in India following summit talks between their leaders in New Delhi.