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Prime Minister Manmohan Singh proclaimed India "a responsible nuclear power" Tuesday before a joint session of the United States Congress.

Singh, standing before Vice President Dick Cheney and House Speaker Dennis Hastert, said the two countries have common interests in such areas as the fight against terrorism, joint work to combat AIDS and dual efforts to promote democracy -- as well as cooperation in developing new energy resources, including nuclear power.

US Vice President Dick Cheney (L) and Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert (R-IL) (R) applaud as Prime Minister Manmohan Singh addresses a joint meeting of the US Congress at the US Capitol July 19.

Text: William Mann, AP Photograph: Win McNamee/Getty Images

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