Memorandum of Understanding between India and the United States has been extended for cooperation on nuclear energy for 10 more years.

Both sides issued a joint statement issued on Tuesday, on the completion of the tenth year of cooperation between the United States and India at the Global Centre for Nuclear Energy Partnership (GCNEP) and for an additional ten years’ extension of the cooperation, to the Memorandum of Understanding between the Government of the United States of America and the Government of the Republic of India regarding cooperation with the Global Centre for Nuclear Energy Partnership, India, signed at New Delhi on November 7, 2010 (the GCNEP MOU).

The joint statement also praised India's genuine commitment in 2010 to establish the GCNEP with a perception to promote safe, secure, and sustainable nuclear energy for the service of humanity through global partnership.

India and the US, identifying and respecting the firmness of the going on partnership between the two countries on matters of security and reconfirming the crucial contributions of the India-U.S. nuclear and radiological security teamwork for the benefit of their citizens and the world, widened their cooperation in this area in October 2020 by signing a ten-year extension of the GCNEP MOU, based on the statement.

Both the countries have pledged to encourage cooperation on steps aimed at giving an impulse to nuclear safety and security, research and development in nuclear science and technology under various schools of GCNEP. They will intensify the dialogue on nuclear and other radioactive material security by association on advanced projects in the field (e.g. future technology), with the goal of sharing the outcomes in the international sphere.

The countries will include agencies of both Governments and relevant entities, as appropriate, involved in nuclear and radioactive material security, in order to ensure that the full spectrum of aspects are shared.

Both countries will build on the international acceptance of the GCNEP, and brace that the two countries are partners for nuclear and radioactive material security by jointly developing and/or delivering training and other capacity-building chances for regional and international partners, including online content, the statement added.

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