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N-deal key achievement of Bush presidency: White House

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Last updated on: January 02, 2009 13:17 IST

The historic India-United States civil nuclear agreement, which 'reshaped the relationship between' the two countries, is one of the major achievements of the eight-year-long Bush administration, the White House has said.

With less than three weeks for incumbent George W Bush to hand over the presidency to Barack Obama, the White House has published two documents highlighting the major achievements of Bush's eight years (2001 to 2009) of rule as the President of the US.

As expected, the US-led global war against terrorism, in particular in Iraq and Afghanistan, tops the list of achievements of the Bush Presidency.

The two documents do mention the Indo-US civilian nuclear deal and the improved relationship between India and the US as one of the key achievements of George W Bush.

"The United States completed a historic civil nuclear agreement with India, reshaping the relationship between the world's two largest democracies," says the document 'Highlights of Accomplishments and Results'.

The second document titled '100 Things Americans May Not Know About the Bush Administration Record," reiterates that the Bush administration signed an historic civil nuclear agreement with India.

The deal, which was initiated in July 2005 by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Bush, was signed on October 10 by External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee and US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

"(Bush administration) Completed the US-India Civil Nuclear Cooperation Initiative and worked to expand cooperation with India on a broad range of issues including defence, science, technology, and the promotion of democracy," said the 41-page document released by White House.

The two publications also give the Bush administration the credit for restoration of democracy in Pakistan.

"(He) called for and supported parliamentary elections in Pakistan that reflected the will of the people and ended more than eight years of military rule," the document said, adding that "100 Things Americans May Not Know About the Bush Administration Record."

Observing that the Bush administration helped restore democracy and civilian rule in Pakistan, the document 'Highlights of Accomplishments and Results' said, "In Pakistan, America supported elections that reflected the will of the people."

Lalit K Jha in Washington
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