External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Wednesday in a written statement in Parliament said that India is engaged with the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) and individual members thereof at appropriate levels to seek membership of the critically important group. Swaraj added, “Merits of India’s candidature recognised by a majority of NSG members. India received support from a diverse and large number of members.” Swaraj statement came in th wake of queries put up by Opposition members on the status of India’s bid for entry into the elite nuclear trading group. She also said that while no member of NSG explicitly opposed India’s membership, certain procedural and process related issues have been raised by a few. She also made it clear that India will continue to engage with China over its opposition to India’s entry into the elite NSG.
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The issue of India’s membership of the NSG has been the focus of significant public and media attention from last year. It has emerged as the single most critical foreign policy priority for the Modi government. China issued several statements, officially as well as through its mouthpiece media publications, maintaining that no single country waiver should be granted to India as was done in 2008. It stated that, in any case, India is not eligible to become a member of the NSG as it is not a member of the nuclear non-proliferation treaty (NPT). Meanwhile, India is keen to become a member of the NSG and other export control regimes such as the Wassenaar Agreement and Australia Group as it seeks to significantly expand its nuclear power generation and also enter the export market in the coming years. In the past, the two countries have been engaged in numerous discussions but failed to break the deadlock over the issue.