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PM Modi in US: President Obama backs India's entry to NSG

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 10 February 2017, 1:50 IST

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is on a visit to United States, has successfully garnered President Barack Obama's support to join the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG).

On 7 June, President Obama welcomed India's application to enter the NSG and affirmed that India is ready for membership.

In a joint statement issued after the third major bilateral summit between PM Modi and President Obama, the US called on 'NSG Participating Governments' to support India's application when it comes up at the NSG Plenary later this month.

The US also re-affirmed its support for India's early membership of the Australia Group and Wassenaar Arrangement.

Recalling their shared commitment to preventing proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and their means of delivery, the two leaders also discussed India's imminent entry into the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR).

President Obama thanked the PM Modi substantive contribution to and active participation in the 2016 Nuclear Security Summit in Washington DC and welcomed his offer to host a summit on 'Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction Terrorism' in 2018.

The US and India will work together to combat the threat of terrorists accessing and using chemical, biological, nuclear and radiological materials.

-With ANI inputs

First published: 8 June 2016, 9:10 IST