After India’s bid to enter NSG was scuttled, not only by China, but also Switzerland disagreeing to support India, today South Africa agreed to back the country’s entry into Nuclear Supplier’s Group (NSG).
“I thank President Zuma for South Africa’s support to India’s membership in NSG. We count on active support of our friends like SA,” PM Modi said in Pretoria.
PM Narendra Modi’s last-ditch attempt to reach out to Chinese President Xi Jinping was snubbed, with China insisting that India must first sign the NPT (Non-Proliferation Treaty).
With NSG rejecting its membership bid, an upset India has said one country persistently created procedural “hurdles” during the discussions on its application in the 48-nation grouping, in a clear reference to stiff Chinese opposition.
However,India’s hopes for entry into the elite NSG are not dashed yet, and there is a good reason for that. NSG is likely to meet again this year to discuss membership of non-NPT (Non-Proliferation Treaty) signatories like India.
India’s bid to bag membership even rattled Pakistan badly. Sartaj Aziz had a telephonic conversation with the foreign ministers of Russia, South Korea and New Zealand in order to gain support for the country’s application for NSG membership, Express Tribune reported.
Pakistan sought membership of the exclusive nuclear trading club after PM Narendra Modi secured US backing for India’s bid for NSG.