A meeting between the Indian government and its communist allies to break a deadlock over a controversial nuclear deal with the United States has been postponed, a senior communist leader said on Wednesday.
"The meeting has been postponed for a few days," Nilotpal Basu, a senior leader of the Communist Party of India (Marxist), the largest of the left parties, told Reuters.
"We were informed that the foreign minister is busy with the Syrian president's visit and will be unable to attend the meeting today."
Foreign Minister Pranab Mukherjee is a key intermediary in talks with the left over the proposed deal. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is currently in India.
Basu could not confirm a new date for the key meeting, but television stations said it would be June 25.
The communists have opposed the deal, saying it compromises India's sovereignty and security, and have threatened to withdraw vital support from the ruling coalition.
Indian shares fell 1 percent after the news of the postponement broke.
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