NSG Membership: New Zealand ‘encourages’ India


Ahead of the upcoming Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) meeting, India did not succeed in getting full support from New Zealand regarding its effort to become a member of the NSG.

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key during his visit to India met Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday and discussed the possibilities of India being a member of NSG. Despite Key’s constructive remarks on the matter, the officials said that they were “encouraged” by the talks.

Key made it clear with his remarks that New Zealand is yet to change its rigid position regarding the addition of members to NSG, “We held detailed discussions on India becoming a member of the Nuclear Suppliers Group in a process that New Zealand will continue to contribute to constructively. We will work with NSG members on this issue and reach a decision as soon as possible.”

Government sources said that they were not disappointed by the outcome of the visit.

In this bilateral meet, Modi and Key discussed many issues including cyber security, counter-terrorism, education and food safety. Key asserted on New Zealand’s “constant support for India to become a member of the reformed United Nations Security Council.”

The upcoming NSG meeting is to be held in Vienna to discuss the possibilities of membership of those countries which haven’t signed the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). The meeting is scheduled for the dates – November 9 and 10. Earlier in June, India had a set back as it failed to become a member of NSG. Also, China has clearly opposed India becoming a member of the group.

Wefornews Bureau

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