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Diplomatic talks on with U.S. for India's NSG bid

News Agencies | Updated on: 28 August 2017, 10:46 IST
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Hectic negotiations are on between the United States and the Indian officials on the issue of New Delhi's membership bid to the Nuclear Suppliers Group.

The diplomatic talks are underway for India's entry into the 48-memeber elite nuclear club as the next plenary session of the Nuclear Suppliers Group will meet in November and Washington will support India's membership in the NSG, according to the local media.

During Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Washington, U.S. President Donald Trump reaffirmed the support of the United States for India's membership bid to the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG).

"As global non-proliferation partners, the United States expressed strong support for India's early membership in the Nuclear Suppliers Group, the Wassenaar Arrangement, and the Australia Group," said a joint India-U.S. statement after the meeting between Prime Minister Modi and President Trump.

India has been trying to enter into the NSG since 2008, but Beijing scuttled India's bid during meeting of the elite nuclear club in June 2016, citing that it was not a signatory to the non-proliferation treaty (NPT).

India has renewed its efforts to become a member of the 48-nation group by engaging with all member countries including the pro-India push from other key players such as the U.S., the U.K., France and Russia.

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. 

-ANI

First published: 28 August 2017, 10:46 IST
 
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