The meeting of the contact group comes ahead of the visit to India next month of US President Barack Obama to attend the Republic Day parade.

The India-US nuclear deal of 2008 has been stuck due to India's liability laws. "The contact group was established pursuant to the decision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Barack Obama as articulated in the joint statement of September 30, 2014 during Prime Minister Modi's visit to US, with a view to advance the implementation of the India-US civil nuclear cooperation," said a statement.

"As mandated by the two leaders, the contact group, which comprised relevant experts from both sides, held detailed discussions on a range of implementation issues, including administrative issues, liability, technical issues and licensing to facilitate the establishment of US-designed nuclear power plants in India,” the statement said.

"The discussions were positive and forward-looking and included representatives of nuclear industries from both sides - the Nuclear Power Corporation of India (NPCIL) from the Indian side and Westinghouse and GE-Hitachi from US side," it said.

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