Seoul (South Korea): The high-level NSG meet is under way in Seoul. In the meet, induction of non NPT countries like India will be discussed. Here are all the LIVE updates:-
– Would like to see healthy bilateral relations between India and China, like to see them work out whatever differences they have, says US State Dept
– Have made it very clear how seriously we want India’s application to be taken up inside Nuclear Suppliers Group, says US State Dept
-NSG top body heads of delegation meet begins in Seoul
-High level NSG meet to continue on Friday in Seoul, delegates arrive at the venue
– High level NSG meet to continue on Friday in Seoul, induction of non NPT countries like India to be discussed
– Members of NSG to visit DMZ (demilitarized zone) on Friday, the conflict point between North and South Korea
Earlier, the first-day meeting of the two-day 26th Plenary of the Nuclear Suppliers’ Group concluded here late Thursday evening with no consensus emerging on India’s induction to the elite group so far.
However, India’s hope has not been shattered yet, with the deliberations by heads of the NSG delegations set to resume on Friday.
Meanwhile, highly placed sources told ANI that China is not the sole opponent to India’s membership to the NSG, but Brazil, Austria, Ireland, Turkey and New Zealand too have opposed India’s entry, citing it’s not being a signatory of the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) for nuclear weapons and weapons technology.
Mexico, however, backed India’s membership.
Sources further said the meet also did not discuss the induction of Pakistan into the elite group.
Meanwhile, on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Summit in Tashkent early today, Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged Chinese President Xi Jinping to make a fair and objectives assessment of New Delhi’s application to the NSG and to judge it on its own merit.
Briefing the media about the meeting, Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Vikas Swarup said Prime Minister Modi had asked China to contribute to the emerging consensus in the ongoing NSG plenary meeting in Seoul.
“In fact the rest of the meeting was devoted to this issue. Prime Minister Modi urged China to make a fair and objective assessment of India’s application and judge it on its own merit,” Swarup said.
“He (Prime Minister) said China should contribute to the emerging consensus in Seoul,” Swarup quoted Prime Minister Modi as saying,” he added.
Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar on Wednesday left for Seoul to make a last minute push for New Delhi’s entry into the elite group.
According to sources, this move is being seen as a final push on India’s part to make its case. Jaishankar, who is not a part of the negotiations in the NSG’s inner circle, will reportedly lobby for India’s bid.
This comes days after Jaishankar made a two-day trip to China on June 16 and 17 to discuss the matter with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi.
China, till now, has been playing the role of a dampener on the issue of clearing the way for India’s admission to the NSG by repeatedly stating that it is not on the agenda of the grouping, which began its plenary session in Seoul on Monday.
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